San Francisco mixed media artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon did not begin making art until she was 33 years old; eight years later, it is now the most significant part of her life and livelihood. Aside from four painting classes, Lisa is entirely self-taught. She uses her lack of training to her advantage: instead of following refined technique, she works with her own sense of color, composition and design as her guide.
Lisa’s work has been shown in numerous cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Portland. Her story and art + design work have been featured in countless print magazines and art + design blogs, including 7×7 Magazine, ReadyMade, Country Living, CRAFT, Australia’s Real Living, Decor8, design*sponge, Daily Candy, Juxtapoz, Flavorpill San Francisco, Stitch, Venus and Bitch. Her illustration clients include the National Poetry Foundation, Urban Outfitters, Galison Stationary, iPOP magnets, Yankee Magazine, Random House, Chronicle Books and Pottery Barn. She has a line of stationary with Chronicle Books.
When she is not making art in her studio, Lisa is at Rare Device, the San Francisco design-led shop and art gallery she owns and operates with her friend Rena Tom. She lives in the Mission District of San Francisco with her partner, her 10 pound chihuahua mix, Wilfredo, and her two cats, Barry and Margaret (named for Barry McGee and the late Margaret Kilgallen, two of her favorite artists). She works at her studio several blocks from her home. Lisa serves on the board of directors at Southern Exposure, a 34 year old, non-profit, arts organization in San Francisco dedicated to presenting diverse, innovative, contemporary art, arts education in an accessible environment.