As a child, Lisa Cirenza's parents told her she wasn't allowed to become an artist. She dutifully attended Stanford University and immersed herself in science and technology, a segment of academia often mislabeled as "left brain" and "unimaginative." But Lisa was quick to uncover the abundant creativity that lurks within these fields, and began experimenting with digital drawing long before formal tools were widely available.
Today, Lisa lives in London and works as a painter and digital artist. She continuously experiments with the intersection of digital and analog, blending the latest technology with classic art styles from the era of Da Vinci, Raphael, and Constable. She likens Paper on iPad to the 19th century advent of tube paints, which were transforming for impressionism and artists of that era as they allowed painters to instantaneously respond to environments via mobile tools.
As part of her artistic process, Lisa often mixes and layers different surfaces and mediums. By mixing and matching digital inks, traditional paints, and photography, she uniquely captures pigments and lights. She's also known for teaching and conducting work before a live audience, infusing her art with the energy from students and spectators alike.
Lisa's work will be on display at London's Balthazart Gallery through June 25th, and art lovers not based in London can get a regular dose of her work via Lisa's newsletter. In the meantime, enjoy the selection below!
In order of appearance: "T'aint't Easy Being Green," "Hellooo??," "The Market," and "Painting Tubers."