Lissa Karpeh is a Liberian American artist whose large-scale, figural, richly colored oil and acrylic paintings are informed by her first-generation immigrant identity and her prior experience in the mental health field. Her work conceptually explores the permeable and dynamic dimensions of the self and the other as they relate to Black identifications and Western epistemic traditions.
Karpeh had her first solo exhibition, For the Love of Liberty, at Bockley Gallery in 2021. Her work has additionally been featured in multiple group exhibitions for The Hive Salon, Burn Something Zine, LightBox Studio, Ridgewater College, i-D Magazine and Vanity Fair Magazine. Her work is collected by DIFFA Chicago and St. Cloud State University.
She is a member of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and the founder of Free in Color, a non-profit that functions to make creative outlets and expression accessible for youth, women of color, and immigrant communities.
Karpeh lives and works in Minneapolis.