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Lisa Samalin

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New York City

Lives in

Works in
Dobbs Ferry


SVA (School of Visual Arts New York), 1988, BFA

landscape, installation, mixed-media, figurative, murals, collage

LIsa Samalin Statement

Lisa Samalin Statement/Bio


145 Palisade Street #321A

Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522

[914] 671-0176


ARTIST STATEMENT for LISA SAMALIN                          

The work is autobiographical, though not literally so. I’m not a kangaroo, but I am that kangaroo in that moment. These pieces are an extension of the paper dolls I painted and cut out as a child. It is a serious kind of play. In that playing I juxtapose seemingly disparate things. People and animals exist in unexpected settings that best tell these stories.

I work in two scales, life-sized and miniaturized. Both these scales make complete worlds. The former is the scale of the world we live in, and the latter, like a snowglobe, is complete. The big canvases are unstretched to escape the grid, stay soft and not rectilinear. The small watercolor/collages are framed to encase them.

There is a heightened clarity and intensified coloration in these paintings. Even when I don’t set out to up the ante coloristically, invariably I do as if I were saying “Look how blue that is!”, “Look how green!”




Art on Main Street

Yonkers, N.Y. September 2014

Out of Place, 2 person exhibition

Catskill Arts Society, Livingston Manor, NY   July-August 2013               

20th Anniversary Show

Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY   September 2011                                       

12 Artists One Wall

Art on Main Street, Yonkers, NY   September 1997                                                   

Internal Landscape

Full House, Hoboken, NJ   June 1997                                                                  

L Word

gallery one twenty eight,  NY, NY   January 1997            

I’m Dangerous In the Kitchen

Fine Arts Gallery, Westchester Community College, Valhala, NY  

Fall 1966 Windows on Main Street

Yonkers, NY   October 1995                                                            

Mural Commission for "Counting The Children" experimental theatre
MRPE, Hastings, NY   March 1994 

What Will the Neighbors Think?

Upstream Gallery, Hastings, NY   May 1993                  

The Story Is In the Walls

Upstream Gallery, Hastings, NY   October 1992            

The Media Show
Upstream Gallery, Hastings, NY   June 1992  

Intimate With Her Subject

Upstream Gallery, Hastings, NY   June 1991                  

Things That Are Scary

Upstream Gallery, Hastings, NY   October 1991            

Three Painters

Explorations Gallery, New York, NY    January 1991            

In Conjunction with "Women in the Arts"

Wave Gallery, New Haven, Conn.    March 1990              

BAA Museum Show curated by Lisa Phillips

Pittsfield, MA     Aug/Sept 1989   



Selected Mural Commissions:

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, NY

Sacred Hearts School, Greenwich, CT

Barnard School, New Rochelle, NY

Aquario Restaurant, White Plains, NY

Portofino Grille, NY, NY

Homefield Bowl, Yonkers, NY

Pretty Pets, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Joanne and Joseph Giamelli, Irvington, NY

John Nieman, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Valerie and Steve Nelson, Yonkers, NY

Dawn Watson, Irvington, NY

Patricia Fjelsted, Scarsdale, NY

Joan and Steve Mazur, Scarsdale, NY

Jane Campbell, Yonkers, NY

Fran and Jim Dowling, Katonah, NY


October 1998             Founded DeersTooth Murals, Dobbs Ferry, NY


BFA, School of Visual Arts    NYC     1989             



Mentor for BOCES, Gifted Handicapped Program

BOCES Southern Westchester    Spring 1995              

Member of Jury for Grassroots Show

Hastings Gallery, Hastings, NY     March 1990              

Interned at Bronx Museum leading Workshops with children and adults,

Bronx, NY Spring 1989              

Freelance textile design

NY, NY   1972-1995




Recent Exhibits

Lisa Samalin participated in these exhibits:

May, 2016 13th Annual YOHO Artists Open Studio
YOHO Artists Studios
Jul, 2013 Two Person Juried Show
Catskill Art Society

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