Originally from Massachusetts, multi-media artist, Janet Shapero, lived in Italy, Wisconsin and Utah for many years, before returning to her Boston roots. With a BFA in Sculpture from RISD and an MFA in Printmaking and Sculpture from UW – Madison, she was tenured as Head of the Sculpture at USU. Since moving east she has taught at Maine College of Art, Mass College of Art and Wellesley College. For many years she has been a Visiting Professor in the Doctorate Program at the University of Barcelona.
For the past eighteen years, Janet has been applying thin layers of pigment, both directly and indirectly to open-weave backings in order to create images of varying translucencies, held afloat in a diaphanous grid. Rete-Chrome (pronounced rět-ě-krōm - derived from rete, Latin for net; and chrome, Greek for color) is the term she has given to the process and the resulting artwork.