Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe is a classically trained artist with extensive studies in art history. Her work is recognized for minimalist, methodical patterns, squares, and self portraiture. Her sculptures focus on constructed objects and the space created by them. She works primarily in plastic and production of multiples. Preoccupations include hex numbering systems and colors, and Blue Skies. Influences include early Minimalism and the Light and Space Movement.
Separate from her art and related art projects, Lissa’s professional nonprofit and advocacy career spans decades, from the 1990s to present. She has championed arts and cultural initiatives for leading national arts and humanities organizations and has advanced equitable access to arts and humanities in Washington, DC. Board service includes National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Arts Lab of South County.
My artistic practice is centered around the exploration of minimalism, color, translucent, light and form. As an abstract artist, I seek to distill complex ideas and emotions into simple, yet powerful visual statements. I am inspired by the work of minimalist artists such as Donald Judd and Agnes Martin along with CA artists of the Light and Space Movement.
My artwork primarily consists of acrylic sculptures and installations that use simple geometric shapes, vibrant colors, and negative space to create an immersive and contemplative experience for the viewer. In recent years, I have been particularly drawn to the use of hex colors and patterns in my work. Hex colors are a way of representing colors in digital formats, and I find them to be a fascinating tool for exploring the nuances of color and the relationship between different hues.
My 'Hex Grid' series, for example, is a collection of paintings that use hex patterns to create mesmerizing optical effects. By layering different commercial hues, I am able to create a sense of depth and movement that draws the viewer in and invites them to explore the subtleties of color and pattern.
Similarly, my 'Nothing But Blueskies' series is a collection of photographs of the sky, which I view as a blank canvas for color and light. By using hex colors to represent different shades of blue, I am able to create a visual language that speaks to the power of simplicity and the beauty of nature. Overall, my goal as an artist is to create work that is both visually striking and intellectually stimulating. I challenge viewers to engage with my art on a deeper level, to contemplate the fundamental elements of visual expression, and to find beauty and meaning in simplicity.