The ROOSTERGNN Artist Residency in Havana and Trinidad, Cuba, is a selective Artist-in-Residence program that welcomes applications from artists worldwide. We are proud to introduce you to artist Lisa Cirenza, who successfully completed an Artist Residency with us in July 2018. Read on to find out more about Lisa and the project she worked on at our Residency. To find out more about Lisa, visit her website here.

Lisa Cirenza is a US born, London based artist pushing pigments and pixels on 2 dimensional surfaces probing today’s socio-political assumptions, connections and disconnections. She is a colourist with roots in cubo-futurism, and linework derived from her Sumi-e studies in Tokyo. Other training includes coursework at The Royal Drawing School, Central St. Martins, the Norfolk School of Painting, and the Jean Pierre Braz Atelier – Paris France.

Her BS honors degree in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University allows Cirenza a unique angle on the understanding of pigments, fluids, and mediums, whereas her MA degree in International Policy Studies (also from Stanford) provide her with many of the insights that fuel her visual inspirations. She is on advisory boards for Human Rights Watch, The Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Seeds of Peace, and the Stanford School of Earth Energy and the Environment.

Lisa Cirenza

Lisa Cirenza

She has exhibited in Kyoto, New York City, Silicon Valley, Edinburgh, Paris and frequently in London. Her work is held in state, corporate and private collections in Japan, France, Finland, the UK, Canada, and the USA.

Learn more about Lisa’s work in a BBC Documentary, the Financial TimesReuters1340 Contemporary, a Paper53 Blog Article sent to 2 million subscribers and her website.

Lisa’s workshop at ROOSTERGNN Academy

During her Artist Residency in Cuba, Lisa moreover gave an interactive workshop for our Travel Journalism, Photography and Video Internship Seminar students at ROOSTERGNN Academy. The workshop was titled “So You Want to be a Journalist? Thinking Beyond the Box and Finding Sustainable Inspiration to be a Successful Creative Pofessional,” which many of our students listed as their favourite session during their world heritage UNESCO City experience.



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Want to follow Lisa’s footsteps? Apply now for the ROOSTERGNN Artist Residency in Havana and Trinidad, Cuba!