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[New York, NY ::: b. 1973 - St. Louis, MO]


LISA SANDITZ was born 1973 in St. Louis, MO. In 1994 she studied at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. In 1995 she received her BA from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN and in 2001 graduated with an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. In 2005 she was selected by Creative Time and United Technologies to participate in an outdoor mural project where three commissioned artists, also including Alex Katz and Gary Hume, have painted site-specific paintings to be repainted on billboards in lower Manhattan. She is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient and currently lives and works in New York.

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

​My most recent work has led me to investigate not only what is visible to the human eye in terms of the construction of the landscape, but also to consider elements of human impact that lies beneath the surface. Tiny colorful pollutants, like micro-plastics, used in beauty and health products are becoming endemic in waterways.  My new paintings aim to connect the organic, inorganic and synthetic on a microscopic level, and translate this into a painterly language that brings these interior and exterior aspects of the landscape together.


My newest paintings have been inspired by my discovery of Fordite, otherwise known as “Detroit Agate,” which is hardened paint slag comprised of dazzling colors that results from layers of car-paint spray residue that accumulated around car factories and was discarded and discovered in the Detroit area. I create my own layers of paint sediment using 6-10 layers of color to build a subterranean foundation to the paintings.  I then sand back into the surface with a unique technique that partially reveals these layers. I think of these marks as rambunctious scars in the landscape and the paintings too.


Using this technique in multiple paintings connects them aesthetically on and below the surface. The image that I paint on the surface is of a waterway that I have seen in person. Some of these scenes are iconic, like the Palisades cliffs in New Jersey, viewed from Manhattan, and some of them are vernacular, like trees in a swampy part of the road near my house in upstate New York.

Curriculum Vitae

2001        M.F.A. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1995        B.A. Studio Art, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
1994        Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy


2014        Surplus, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
2013        Jack-O, Isolation Room, St.Louis, MO
2010        Stateside, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009        Underwear City, Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


2018        Oscillation, curated by Dan Cameron, Prospect New Orleans, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery New Orleans, LA

2017        Psychonautics, CES Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Group show, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Post-election,

                September Gallery, Hudson, NY

2016        Representing Rainbows, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY
                Plot Points, Honey Ramka Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                Faculty Show, Bard Studio Arts Program, Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson, NY
                Convene, Four-person exhibition curated by Bruce Hartman, The Nerman Museum, Kansas City, KS
                Group Show, Arthur Rogers Gallery, curated by Jim Richard, New Orleans, LA

2015         The Moment. The Persona. The Backdrop, Girls Club Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, FL
                 World Without End, Group Show, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY and Silvermine, Norwalk, CT
                 Embodied Place, Sierra Nevada College, CA
2015         Anonymous Was A Woman, Grant Recipient
                 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, Artist-in-Residence
                 Girls Club Collective, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Visiting Artist
                 NSECA and CAA, panel participant
2014         Prensky Island Press, Sam Fox School of Art, Washington University, St.Louis, MO, visiting artist

                 and lecturer
2010         San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, Winifred Johnson Clive Fellow

     Smithsonian Museum of Art, Washington, DC
     St. Louis Art Museum 
     West Collection, Oaks, PA
     Progressive, O