Dedicated to the practice of making art on the street, Lmnopi focuses on engaging the public in a profound way by offering her portraits in urban environments as a way to impact people outside the scope of the gallery scene and to bring moments of creative inspiration into everyday life. Witnessing these unexpected moments of intimacy invites passerbys to connect with the people she paints and ground them in the awareness of the commonality of what it means to be human in these times.. Her skillful brushwork & signature palette lend her works of art an unmistakable timbre. A terrain of strength and humor, defiance and resilience, love and bravery emanate from the faces of the women and children she paints.
The artist behind Lmnopi is a traditionally trained painter & printmaker who began creating both sanctioned and unsanctioned interventions in the public arena under the name Lmnopi in 2009. A lifelong background of activism, community organizing & humanitarianism has driven her unwavering commitment to utilize her artistic skills to amplify voices deeply rooted within human rights, climate justice, Black Lives Matter & Indigenous Rights movements.
I am currently working on the juxtaposition of human and terrestrial topography. The topographical map lines are paradoxical; at once they represent the colonizing mindset and the connection between the contours of a human body and the earth. I am fascinated with this juxtaposition because of that paradox. Maps are the attempt by the european mentality to parcel out the land within a grid using lines to describe the terrain, which could be perceived as an attempt to subjugate the land. At the same time, people are part of the land and as such, the contours follow the earth's shape which we are a reflection of. In this way the lines of the map could be seen as a prison and a representation of colonization of a people and a land. However, by weaving the lines in and out of the contours of her face I want to convey a rebellion against that subjugation, a way of owning and transforming it into adornment. A way of representing the thesis that human beings at our essence are beyond arbitrary boundaries imposed by nation states. I see it as a pictorial merging of human and terrestrial landscapes.
Born 1964 Niskayuna, New York; Raised in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
AAS Mohawk Valley Community College 1984
BFA SUNY Purchase 2005
Lives and Works in Brooklyn, NYC.
LMNOPI will be leading a workshop in Boulder, Colorado on October 7th as a lead up to Indigenous People's Day
"Thriving Spaces: Street Art & Glass." / Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT/ Opening September 8th - October 14th
Painted Desert Project; Tuba City, Arizona / July 2018
High Desert Artist Residency, Joshua Tree, CA June 2018
Welling Court Mural Project; Queens, NYC / June 2018
Arab American Association HQs / mural /Bay Ridge, Brooklyn / May 2018
Young New Yorkers Art Auction / Manhattan, NY / April 2018
Gallery 30 South / Pasadena, California / April 2018
BMJ Studios / Queens / April 2018
INDECLINE / Trump International Hotel / March 2018
Desert Retreat / residency / Joshua Tree, CA / March 2018
Into Action / Los Angeles / January 2018
Gabba Gallery Alley Project / mural / Los Angeles, CA /February 2018
East Jesus / Slab City / Mural / Installation / March 2018
Nisenan Artist Retreat / Yuba River, CA / September 2017
Camp Turtle Island / White Earth Reservation / August 2017
Enrichment Trip / USA / July – October 2017
6th Annual Welling Court Mural Project / June 2017
Young New Yorkers Benefit Art Auction / Manhattan / April 2017
Oceti Sakowin Camp / Standing Rock Reservation / Nov-Dec 2016
(Un)Sanctioned / Ad Hoc Art / Williamsburg, NY / October 2016
Arch Enemy Gallery / Truth to Power/ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / September 2016
Not A Crime Campaign / Mural at PS 92 Harlem, NYC / September 2016
Water is Life Benefit / Ashville, North Carolina / August 2016
Livestream HQ’s / Mural / Bushwick, NY / July 2016
5th Annual Welling Court Mural Project / Queens / June 2016
Young New Yorkers Benefit Art Auction / Manhattan / April 2016
Grand Street Settlement / Mural / Bushwick, NY / February 2016
Artsorg / Mural / Long Island City / November 2015
Secret Garden Series / Henley Vape Emporium / Mural/ Manhattan / July 2015
A Smart Shop / Mural / Manhattan / June 2015
4th Annual Welling Court Mural Project / Queens / June 2015
Manifest Justice / Los Angeles / Spring 2015
Earth Revolution / Mural / Bushwick, NY / September 2014
De-Colonizing Street Art / Montreal, Canada /August 2014
3rd Annual Welling Court Mural Project / Queens, NY/ June 2014
Lumin / Mural / Santa Cruz, California / April 2014
O+ Positive Festival / Mural / Kingston, NY / September 2013
Occupy the Pipeline / NYC / 2012
Occupy Sandy / Hurricane Relief Project / NYC / September 2012
No Comment Art Show / Financial District, NYC / October 2011
Occupy Wall Street / Resident Artist Zuccotti Park, Manhattan, NY / September 2011
Domes for Haiti / DIY Earthquake Relief Project / Port Au Prince, Haiti / May-Oct 2010
Swimming Cities for Switchback Seas / Crew, Actor, Fabricator / Hudson River, NY/ 2009
Former projects include Earth First in the late 1980’s, founding a community arts venue called What is Art? in Santa Cruz 1994-2000, spearheading the earthquake relief project Domes for Haiti in 2010, artist in residence at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park in 2011, one of the founding members of Occupy Sandy the hurricane relief project in 2012. LMNOPI joined the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock in the fall and winter of 2016. She currently maintains a studio practice in Brooklyn, NYC in between adventuring through-out the west coast. She was awarded residencies at both the Lower East Side and the Robert Blackburn Printshops in Manhattan prior to creating the artist persona LMNOPI in 2009.
Two archives of Lmnopi’s work were acquired by the prestigious Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2017. Her work was added to the archives of Reed College and St. Olaf University in 2018. Her print work is part of a historical archive of Occupy artists titled Occuprint which is in the collections of many distinguished universities, museums & libraries such as Harvard University Art Library, Stanford, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art. Her public works can be found on the streets of cities across the United States, Mexico, Canada & Haiti.
She is currently being represented by Booklyn; an artist run nonprofit that promotes the work of living artists who deal with provocative subject matter.