Lisa Bartolozzi
American, born 1961

With her highly realist nude figures set against stark backgrounds, Lisa Bartolozzi takes her technical cues from the Old Masters, applying layers of transparent pigments and oil paint and finishing with a coat of wax that give her works a luminous quality reminiscent of the paintings of the Northern Renaissance. Her unidealized, often life-size subjects—including the homeless and pregnant women—are devoid of sentimentality, yet remain deeply human and convey her concern with social issues. “The nude form, with all its strengths and weaknesses, is a bridge of empathy to the viewer about the universal human condition,” she says.

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