Lisa Imperiale

Printmaking/Mixed Media


Contact Information

Philadelphia, PA 19125
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

I find the challenges involved in printmaking often push my drawing to develop more interesting spatial relationships, textures, and rhythms. Drafting, carving, inking, printing, redrawing, more carving and printing; all are stages in the life of each piece.

I draw from the city around me. I draw the limits and the expanses, the grand architecture and the graffiti, the planned and the accidental.

Through layers of drawing I introduce bold, overarching patterns and contrasting colors to my woodblock prints. It creates a sense of excitement and drama. The warm texture of the block comes through and plays a significant role in creating a heartbeat in each print. Something natural, soft, and subtle.

Lisa Imperiale is a graduate from Moore College of Art & Design. She is an active member of BYO Print, East Kensington’s very own collective printmaking studio. Working primarily in relief, Lisa has developed a body of woodblock prints, and founded Imperiale Prints, a line of block printed stationary, books, and gifts. The work is a colorful, abstract reflection of life in a vibrant artistic neighborhood of North East Philadelphia.


Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, 2D Fine Arts, Magna cum Laude

Professional Experience

2009 – present
Member / Public Relations Officer, BYO PRINT, Philadelphia, PA

Communications / Public Relations Intern, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Owner, Imperiale Prints

Awards and Honors

Philadelphia Watercolor Society Award for Excellence, Emerging Artists & Designers Exhibition, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Visionary Women’s Print Commission, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Harriet Sartain Travel Fellowship, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Exhibitions

BYOPX, BYO Printmakers at the High Wire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

70 Rupees to Paradise Road, Tall Ship Gazella, Philadelphia, PA

3 Printmakers, SPACE 2033, Philadelphia, PA

Materiality: Annual Moore Alumnae Exhibition, Wilson Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Woodblock Prints, The Soup Kitchen Café, Philadelphia, PA

BYO Members at High Wire, The High Wire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Wall Writing: Variations on the theme of Graffiti, A Full Plate Café, Philadelphia, PA



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