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Born in the U.S., Lisa Wade is an artist who has been living and working in Italy for over 10 years. She received her BFA in Studio Art at Wheaton College and her MFA in Painting from American University, during which she studied between Perugia, Rome and Washington D.C. She has taught art practice abroad for American University and Gordon College as well as SACI in Florence. Her work functions as a form of social deconstruction, investigating themes such as national identity, societal dependencies, the unit of community and constructs of the collective consciousness.
From 2005, Wade has shown her paintings, installations, and video in the U.S. and Europe, including New York, Berlin, Mexico City, Rome, London, Sicily, Milan and Moscow. She won the Celeste Prize International in Installation/Sculpture in 2010 and has lead workshops with Officine dell’Umbria, Trevi, Italy as well as in the Campo Nomadi, Rome, making two stop-action videos with Rom children (see Dec 2012 Frieze, ArtReview). She was the only foreigner invited to represent Umbria in the Italian Pavillion of the 54th Venice Biennale.
She has been instrumental in creating bridges across nations, as artist-as-curator and residency coordinator, whose group exhibition, Sing Sweet Songs of Conviction, travelled to five nations from 2012 to 2013, integrating guest artists and guest curators at each location. Since arriving in Sicily three years ago, she has created links between Berlin (Schau Fenster), Mexico City (Casa Maauad), and Boston (Mass. College of Art and Design) in the form of residencies and exhibitions with Farm Cultural Park and BOCS, as well as unifying nine major independent art spaces throughout Sicily in one city-wide pop-up exhibition called MOLECOLE with the art magazine, Balloon in June 2014 in Favara.
She is currently shooting, seeking locations and funding for an ongoing video installation project, Shelter, which began during her residency with BOCS in Sicily. She continues to collaborate with art centers and private individuals for this project, gathering footage thus far from NYC, Sicily, the U.S. and Mexico.
In 2015, together with Gabriele Abbruzzese, she founded the artist’s group, Concrete. She is currently based in Sicily.