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Lisa Nigro was born in Milford, Connecticut, USA on November 6, 1962. She is an interdisciplinary, multi-media artist working in sculpture, painting, and interactive installation art. Inspired by mythology, gender politics, and pop culture, Lisa’s works address the problematics of a patriarchal society and challenge modern culture’s attitudes toward mythological story. Through the use of mythological icons she attempts to create a bridge between history and the present, matriarchy and patriarchy, and the old religions versus the new. The incorporation of the elements earth, air, fire, water, metal, and wood is integral to her work, as is the use of recycled materials, and an obsession with process and repetition. Lisa’s competence in metal fabricating, sculpting, and interior design prevail within a greater ability for combining art with design and functionality.
After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting in 1985, Lisa went on to study sculpture at the University of Texas at Austin. While utilizing foundry methods for casting bronze, mold-making techniques, brazing, and plaster casting, she began creating walk through environments and installations. In 1994 she obtained her Masters degree and moved on to building large-scale outdoor installation works in the northern desert of Nevada. Summer of 1999 marked a major transition in her career with the creation of the larger than life sundial Diana of Ephesus: Fertility Goddess and Performance which led to the creation of her most influential project, the mobile and fire-breathing installation, Draka the Dragon of 2000.
In recent years, Lisa has received grants from the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, Houston Art Car Museum, and Burning Man Art Festival. She and Draka have featured in Backyard Monsters and Monster Nation on the Discovery Channel, and are published in several books and magazines — “Monster Nation: the Best Transformed Vehicles from Coast to Coast,” MIT Press “Leonardo Journal,” “This is Burning Man, Drama in the Desert,” Art Forum, and Rolling Stone magazine. Lisa was nominated for a Fulbright Grant, and is founder of the Draka Arts Foundation, the Burnin’Bush Fire & Metal Arts Festival, and the Sisterhood of the Burnin’Bush — a coalition for women in the arts.
Lisa currently resides in San Antonio, Texas with her daughter Tymberline Elise and spends summers working with other artists who aspire to inspire the masses as much as she.