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Lisette Lugo started making art when she was very young. Her father was a civil, mechanical and structural engineer. As an inventor, her father, was constantly making blueprints for new ideas, so Lisette soon began to emulate his inventive spirit. As she grew older, she knew that visual art was her calling. 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. Lisette Lugo was born and raised in South San Francisco, California. She created a life path of art from a young age. She is a visual artist who works with a wide array of materials and found objects.
An accomplished painter, Lisette has a number of degrees in the field of fine arts. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. From the California Institute of Integral Studies, she has a second Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Inquiry.
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.
After living in Los Angeles for a few years, returning to San Francisco, Lisette continued her fine art work and was offered a teaching job. Teaching became very fulfilling, so she opened her own studio. Teaching evolved with schools and organizations in the Bay Area with ages ranging from toddlers to elders. Her students range in a variety of lifestyles both physically or emotianally. Recently, she has begun team-building lessons with groups such as Oracle, Facebook, Genentech, and Gilead.
Lugo has a large, six-foot Griffin press for mono printing and etching. You will always find her preparing to melt encaustics, her oils and acrylics near at hand. Being a multitasker, her studio has several art pieces being worked on at the same time. Since the tragic loss of her husband, leaving her to raise two small children on her own, art making has been the greatest therapy for her and her family.
A recent love for the last few years has been traveling. San Carlos, California, is home, but Lugo has a great love for people, and has been to Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. When traveling, you will notice her artistic reportage of an area in her artist notebook. Most recently, she ventured to Managua, Nicaragua, to research her ancestry and learn more about her parents who immigrated to America as children. The discovery of ancestry both reinforces and encourages directions in her art, reframing myths and truths about her roots. We will soon see the landscape of Lugo evolve once again.
Pink has surfaced as a common ground for many of Lugo's artworks recently after her visit to Nicaragua. You will notice the varying degrees of pink, and how she recalls growing up in a pink house as a child in the Bay Area.
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