lisette lugo

Lisette Lugo's Artist Statement

Growing up, Lisette was surrounded by the technology of civil engineering. She remembers being seven and standing at attention on a wooden plank under a beaming, blue light, the smell of ammonia filling the room. She was feeding the blueprint machine with paper larger than her arms could reach. As she made her own doodles in between her father's work,  she decided to feed the machine her designs and mass-produce them. This was the beginning of her journey into the art world.

Abstract Art

Art as Profession

Lisette gained employment after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California. She began a family business in construction and branched off from the commercial art world into her own art. Exploring the dimensions with a mixture of materials, such as metal, wood, oil, acrylic, wax, and various found objects, she began creating her own dialogue. She attended workshops to expand her knowledge of art with the San Francisco Center for the Book and Crown Point Press.

Education Continues

In 2013, Lisette graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, California. Most recently, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the Creative Inquiry program at CIIS in Spring 2015.

Workshops and Therapy

More than 15 years ago, Lisette began teaching art workshops. The workshops served an audience of preschoolers, elders, and corporations, as well as those with special needs, including Alzheimer's, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and ADHD. Art is her voice of therapy. She works in large-scale formats and enjoys finding odd objects to see what kind of mark they can make on a canvas or paper. At different times in her studio, you may find concrete, wood, wire, oils, tempera, and miscellaneous trinkets just waiting for their time to be introduced.

Tragedy and Finding Roots

Her prolific response to art stems from a tragic construction accident, leaving her a single mother with two small children. Aware of how precious time is, this summer she spent time in Managua, Nicaragua, researching her ancestry. She found the "roots" of her parents. To her, it all makes sense now: the food, the religion, the historical trauma, the colors, and the pink! She made a video covering this part of her journey that you can watch here. It is as if a big pink bubble gum bubble exploded all over her studio, sticking her life together. The stories of the past now stick to the stories in the future.

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