Lisa Cinelli
Painter, Children's Book Author - Illustrator and Instructor

Lisa Cinelli

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Lisa Cinelli is a painter, children’s book author/illustrator and Teaching Artist. She has an MA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Lisa fills sketchbooks with line, colors, words and pictures, taking inspiration from the world around her.

She taught Children’s Book Illustration and other 2-D courses for almost twenty years at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York in 2013.

Feeling a need to stay connected outside of the studio, Lisa started the first Illustrators Network in the late 1980’s that met regularly in downtown Chicago.

She’s presented and taught “Words and Pictures” and Hands-on Artmaking and Children’s Book Illustration classes and workshops at The Highlights Foundation, The Terra Museum of American Art, Lake Forest College, Marwen Foundation, Ragdale, Ox-Bow, The Art Institute of Chicago and The American Library in Paris.

Lisa was thrilled to be invited by Tomie de Paola to participate in the March 2015 exhibition “Draw Me a Story: Tomie and Friends” at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA.

Her clients include:

  • Holiday House Books for Young People
  • Bebop Books
  • "Highlights High Five Magazine"
  • Cricket Magazine Group
  • Enesco
  • David C. Cook Publishing Co

Tel: 847-309-3067
Instagram: @lisacinelli29

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