Lisa Pacini Biography



Lisa Pacini's works focus more directly on reflections. Not as unmediated forms of mimesis, but as pictures of crazed reproductions. In labyrinths, the surface of the picture is saturated with the labyrinthian challenge that our perception encounters when we are confronted with an object of art – not because the object is incomprehensible, but because it has been removed from the standardized, functional world where things are usually found. In Medusa, the objects depicted have been multiplied, as if to make a point of the many perspectives of the world that the object of art embraces. But Pacini does not only create a diversity of perspectives, but also - by breaking up the conventional utilitarian surface of everyday life - a picture of the curiosity with which we, as children, discovered the world. Gaston Bachelard writes in Poetics of space that a house cannot be described as an item or object for study. Rather, a house is a place where intimate places are woven into our view of the world: nooks and crannies are not meaningless places, but stages where our spiritual dramas are played out. By raising a magic mirror to the world, Pacini unveils our perception as open and limitless and reestablishes by means of this uncertainty, a space for intimacy and discovery.


Lisa Pacini Vitae [pdf]

Board Member of Art Committees
UKS/foundation for art studios 1993-94
Project coordinator for Arnold Dreyblatt KORO 2005-06


Awards/Project Support

New Avant-Guard Rock Event S.U.N.Y. New York 1981
A.C. Houens legate 1989
Study award to Holland 1993
-Stroom – The Hague Netherlands Project support 1993
First prize ESSO art prize: environment 1994
The Norwegian Film institute 1995-97-01
Royal Dutch Embassy project support 1996-1998-03
The city of Oslo Art and education 1996-98-04
The city of Bærum cultural department "Looking Glass" 1999
The city of Bærum cultural department "Event” 2000
Norwegian sound and picture fund 1990-92-94-95-98-99-06
Norwegian arts union –project support 1993 94-95-98–2000-01-02-06
Norwegian arts union - stipend 2003-05
Ingrid Lindback Langaard fund 2003-05
Norwegian State Art counsel project support 2004-06
Norwegian State buildings department: project support 2004
Study award to Rome Scandinavian institutt 2005
Exhibition support Norwegian State Art counsel 2006


Selected group exhibitions                                               
New Nordic Art Exhibition Stockholm Sweden 2010
“Mona-Lisa”-Trondheim 2006
‘Windows”- Oslo Police station 2002
"you are never alone" – International art center and Museum-Oslo 1999
"Forventning" - Olaf Ryes Bærum Norway1996-97
"What What" - Oslo Norway 1996                                                                            
"Public reflection" – Oslo 1996
"Hanging Gardens" – Town hall, Oslo 1996
“Project:5”- Sanitz, Germany 1994
"Rose Garden" - Bethlehem P.A. U.S.A. 1994
“Pointed Arches” Gallery Quartair”- The Hague 1993
“Snow white and the seven dwarfs” Majorstua, Oslo 1993                            
“ Portal” UKS - Christiania square, Oslo 1991


Solo Exhibitions-Projects
 “Several Circles” – Main Government building 2004
 “1939 Reflections” – Labor party- Opera building 2004
“420 Reflections” – Norwegian Artist Building 2001
“For Alice ” – Sandvika 1999
“ Looking Glass" - Vestbanen-Oslo 1997
“Yellow men” State road Museum, Lillehammer, Norway 1994
"Yellow men" - Storetorget, Oslo 1994


Bærum Municipality 2007
International art center and Museum-Oslo 2007
Hoegh Real estate 2008
Commission Eindom spar 2010



Grant from Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond 2006-03-02-01-98-95-94
Project Grant from Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond 1990-92-94-95-98-99-06
Art Council Norway, Exhibition Grant 2006
Ingrid Lindback Langaard foundation 2005 -2003
Art Council Norway, project Grant 2003-05
Project support State property department 2004
Support from the Dutch embassy1995-97-01
City of Oslo Department of culture 1996-1998- 2003
Norwegian music fee fund 2000
Bærum municipality cultural department 1999
Bærum municipality cultural department 1999
The Norwegian Film institute 1993
-Stroom – The Hague Netherlands project support 1993
A.C. Houens Endowment 1988                                                                                    

New Avant-Guard Rock Event S.U.N.Y.  New York 1981                                             


Regional group exhibitions  

“For Alice 2” – Invited by the State autumn exhibition  2002 
østland utstillingen 1995- 2006
UKS spring exhibition Oslo 1993
State autumn exhibition 1985


American Academy in Rome visiting artist 2006      
Travel grant: Scandinavian Academy2005
Travel grant to The Hague 1993 
First prize ESSO art competition 1993                                              


National Academy of Art Norway1982-1983
S.U.N.Y. Purchase N.Y. degree-Bachelor of fine arts 1980-1982                      
Museum school of Fine Arts 1977 -1978
Yale University1976  
Rhode Island school of Design, R.I.1973


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