I was born and raised in Allentown Pennsylvania…You know that Billy Joel song,

Well we’re living here in Allentown—And they’re closing all the factories down—Out in Bethlehem they’re killing time—Filling out forms-Standing in line…”

Yep thats where I’m from.

But Dad was not a blue collar guy working in the Steel Mill so I don’t exactly relate to the song. He was a Psychiatrist, Jewish from Brooklyn. After the factories closed down, the workers went to see him! I went to Moravian College in Bethlehem and could see the Steel Mill from my dorm window. Smog and soot makes nice sunsets.

I studied Painting as an undergrad and then got a MFA in Photography and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In the almost 10 years I lived in New York, I worked for some big publishers, doing Cartography, Info-graphics and Fashion Illustration. I exhibited work in New York and Pennsylvania.

After awhile Wanderlust took over and I moved to Germany. My art career took off. I had an amazing studio in the most famous puppet theater in Germany and frequently collaborated with their puppet museum. I had solo shows of my work in various galleries and museums. I was even interviewed on a popular cultural  T.V. show and it was frequently rerun. People recognized me on the street from the show and would come up and talk to me.

I had a very positive experience with German people but after 4 years I got tired of the rainy cold weather and left for warm and sunny Los Angeles! Although I’ve always thought of myself as a real New Yorker I have now become a California girl.  I am currently showing work at Very Venice Art Gallery in Venice CA. I can be found painting (en plein air) on the Bluffs in Santa Monica or rollerblading in my green lizard getup on the boardwalk.

contact me: lisa@lisagoldfarb.com

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