Lisa Lebofsky is a nomadic plein air painter, collaborating with nature and people. She paints the susceptibility of nature, correlating its restlessness with our own human vulnerabilities. Her direct participation with the landscape is vital to imbue a painting with the energy of a specific place, so that viewers can connect viscerally: to move, excite and engage them. The paintings are on surfaces that remain visible through various layers of paint, permeating the entire image. The push and pull of lights and darks, opacity and transparency, abstract and real, enhances the variability of these transient scenes. By painting in this dichotomous manner, nature becomes a metaphor for our emotional struggles and encounters.
Lebofsky finds inspiration by traveling extensively, often to remote parts of the world, in order to immerse herself in different environments and cultures. She seeks out areas around the globe that are particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change, and meets with local residents to discuss how their community is impacted. To a great extent, these personal interactions inform what areas and what subject matter is ultimately painted. Regions visited include Antarctica, Newfoundland and Labrador, Greenland, and The Maldives.
BFA in metals from SUNY New Paltz,
MFA in painting from New York Academy of Art.
In addition to solo and group exhibitions, her work has been exhibited in museums and universities such as Savannah College of Art and Design, GA; New Bedford Whaling Museum, MA; Shelburne Museum, VT; Lehman College, NY; Pima Air and Space Museum, AZ; and El Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico. She is the recipient of several awards including: Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Grant, and residencies in: Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland; New Bedford Whaling Museum, MA; Saltonstall, Ithaca, NY; Tilting Air, Fogo Island, Newfoundland; Cuttyhunk, MA; Jentel, WY; Shenandoah National Park, VA. Her work has been published in American Art Collector, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, Poets and Artists Magazine, The Stone Canoe Journal, and The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture by Rizzoli, among others.