Sarah Lawrence College
School of Visual Arts
State University of New York, BA in Liberal Arts
Otis College of Art and Design, MFA in Painting


Lisa Oxley is an artist who defines her practice as rooted firmly in painting while working across the disciplines of drawing, installation, and time-based media. Her work often explores the relationship between painting and architecture; language and image, as well as how a painting is received perceptually in its space.

Oxley did her undergraduate work at Sarah Lawrence College and School of Visual Arts, and received a BA in Liberal Arts from State University of New York and an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and has been awarded artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Verge Center for the Arts, and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. 

 Her recent installation, Terra Nullius takes up painting as an architectural intervention, painting as an image, and painting as a site for dialogue. The title refers to a term in international law, which translates as "Nobody's Land" or "nobody's thing", used to designate a territory not subject to the sovereignty of any state.

 In addition to teaching at Otis, she has taught Painting, Drawing, Critical Theory, and Art History courses at U.C. Davis and USC Roski School of Art and Design.

Lisa Oxley's Work
Converging Fields Unhinging
oil on canvas, 48" x 60"
Lisa Oxley's Work
oil, flashe on canvas, 20" x 16"
Lisa Oxley's Work
"Thirty Foot Wall"
oil on panel, wood, sandbags,  7' x 24'
Lisa Oxley's Work
Installation view of "Terra Nullius"
Lisa Oxley's Work
charcoal on paper, 46" x 50"
Lisa Oxley's Work
charcoal on paper, 47" x 50"
Lisa Oxley's Work
Disposable Assets
oil on canvas, 16" x 20"


Lisa Oxley's Picture


  • Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center Residency, 2019
  • Academic Enrichment Fund, University of California, Davis, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Studio Residency Award, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA 2016
  • Otis Institutional Grant Recipient, Otis College of Art and Design. 2011 & 2012
  • Artist in Residency Bursary Grant, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. 2004

Visiting Artist Lectures/Presentations:

  • 2023 Association of Hysteric Curators, Artist Talk and Studio Visit
  • 2019   Claremont Graduate University MFA Department, Visiting Artist Lecture and Studio Visits
  • 2017   Verge Center for the Arts, Artist Talk
  • 2016   UC Davis, Graduate Seminar Critique
  • 2015   The Windward School, Visiting Artist Lecture/Presentation
  • 2009   George Billis Gallery, Artist Talk

Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  

  • 2023 Goddesses and Monsters, Ladies' Room, Los Angeles, CA
              Electric Ladyland, The Floating Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
              The First 10 Years, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA
  • 2022 Garden, Ladies' Room, Los Angeles, CA
               Collect for Choice, The Binder of Women
               Two Big Things in a Borrowed Space, Los Angeles, CA 
  • 2021 Garden, Ladies’ Room LA, Los Angeles, CA 
              Nomad, organized through Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA 
  • 2020 Ephemeral, Artspace 1616, Sacramento, CA 
  • 2019 Woodland, Inverness County Center for the Arts, Novia Scotia 
             Dispersed Transmissions, curatorial collaboration with Robin Hill, Another Year in LA      
  • 2018 The Vision Machine, 3307 Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA (solo show)  
  • 2017 Terra Nullius, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA (solo show) 
             Plus One, Museum of Broken Relationships, Los Angeles 
  • 2016 The Night Opens/La Nuit S'ouvre, BLAM Projects, Los Angeles, CA 
              Gallery Tally (in collaboration with Micol Hebron), LACE, Los Angeles, CA 
  • 2015 Odyssey, 10 Years of The Torrance Art Museum, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA 
             Proposal, Katz's Deli, Santa Monica, CA 
  • 2014 Not Knowing, JAUS, Los Angeles, CA 
             20 x20, Artra Curatorial, Vast Space Project, Las Vegas, Nevada 
             Mirror Mirror, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA 
             MAS (Ltd. Ed), Artra Curatorial, San Francisco, CA 
            (en)Gendered (in)Equity: Gallery Tally (in collaboration with Micol Hebron), For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2013 MAS Attack, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA 
            12 Sidelong Glances, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA (solo show)
  • 2012  Boom MFA Invitational, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles 
              Yes, and.... Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. Los Angeles 
              Seven Types of Ambiguity, GFA Studio. Los Angeles 
  • 2011 The Time Has Come for a Strategic Investment in and Deployment of Creativity as a Productive Stimulus for Our Region, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
  • 2010 On Paper, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles 
  • 2009 Elegant Psychedelic, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles 
  • 2008 Mixing Memory and Desire, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles (solo show) 
              Neo-Realism, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles 
  • 2007 Sketching Solutions, Glen Irani Studios, Venice, California 
  • 2005 a beautiful place, Galeria Pèrgamon Quatre, Barcelona, Spain (solo show) 
  • 2004 Fauna, Mas Art, Barcelona, Spain 
  • 2003 Lisa-Lights, Espai S/N, Can Serrat Arts Center, Barcelona, Spain (solo show) 
  • 2001 as is, Galeria Carmen Claramunt, Barcelona, Spain (solo show)
             obert per obres, Galeria Pèrgamon, Barcelona, Spain (catalogue)  
            Selected Artists, Helix Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
            Partenaire-Sintoma, Galeria Maeght, Barcelona, Spain 

Clients/Employment History:  

  • 2019- present   Part-time Lecturer, USC Roski School of Art and Design
  • 2016-2022, Visiting Lecturer, UC Davis Department of Art and Art History