Oakland native artist Lisa Pisa, fell in love with art since her childhood days of drawing Garfield and Ninja Turtles. Lisa, whose father is French and mother is Japanese, believes that her culturally diverse upbringing influenced her creatively unique style of art. Growing up, Lisa collected records, toys, unusual trinkets, and other items that she was able to incorporate into her artwork. However, her deepest passion lies in using mixed media and her love for hip-hop culture in her artwork. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, East Bay and then spent some time in Kagoshima, Japan to further explore her cultural roots and find more inspiration for her art. Since her return from Japan in 2010, she has been involved in several art shows and gallery openings, including Chopsticks Urban Art Space and LuckyLo Art Gallery in Oakland, as well as, Gauntlet Gallery and 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. In addition to creating artwork for galleries, Lisa has recently painted murals for the city of San Mateo, the commercial music streaming company Spotify in SF, and in her spare time is a part-time sign artist for Trader Joes. She believes that it’s important to not over think her creations in order to capture “the moment” and tries to maintain the mantra of not taking herself too seriously as an artist.