Lisa Gindi, born in 1967 , in Brooklyn with name, Lisa Robin Gindi, graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and obtained her Masters of Science at Adelphi University, Soho Campus. The first-born child of two, Lisa is a New York artist/painter who studied in New York City. She grew up in Canarsie until the age of five, mostly lived in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn and in South Merrick, Long Island. She lived in Coral Springs, South Florida, for one year, and spent summers and vacations in Deal, New Jersey, upstate, New York, Delray Beach, Florida, and, The Hamptons. Presently, Lisa lives in Kew Gardens Hills, which is the burbs” of Kew Gardens, (in Flushing), Queens, New York.
Lisa loves to mix fashion with outdoor scenery, as well as draw, then paint interiors with great detail. She uses a flat, matte paint next to a shiny, metallic paint to show contrasts in luster and loves to make shapes “pop” by outlining them. In the fashion design program at FIT, Lisa learned that it was all about the dress and little focus was on the details of a figure’s face. She always enjoyed sketching with colored pencils the fine details of a gown and textures of the textiles in lace and silk. That was very in-style, back then, in the 80's during her "Madonna years". She thinks that nature is a big part of design in that is where all textiles originate from. More specifically, in terms of fibers, animal prints and dyes, etc., so as a painter, Lisa encorporates earthy colors in her collection. She was always fascinated by architectural design, arched doorways, geometric tiles and chandeliers, whether new or old, too, and, so, now brings fashion together with buildings, bridges, interiors, and furnishings. Her art has emerged from painting on clothes, womans’ tops and matching pants outfits, doing collage boxes, designing crystal and leather earrings, to painting abstract and fashionable, figurative works on canvas. Lisa shows off the beauty of glitter and metallic outlining in her "Gindi Glitz" collection that had gotten on the front page news of the art section of the Brooklyn Eagle, as well as Downtown Brooklyn magazine. Her art sold in a downtown, Brooklyn Heights art gallery for a few years, at month long shows Lisa still does with various venues in Brooklyn and Queens. She had promoted new artists' events at Pop International Gallery on The Bowery, LES to learn about the business as well as purchase art there to support others. More recently, Lisa was interviewed and had a documentary movie made by Gregg P. Sullivan for Bayside Live TV, who discovered Lisa's work at the Historical Society Castle in a group competition at Fort Totten. The Bayside Center for The Arts in Queens, New York commissioned Lisa to re-design and paint an antique lamp that would be a permanent fixture of the events and people of Bayside, collaged into the top-shade.
In 1985, Lisa was nominated the best artist of the school in Edward R. Murrow High School, after decorating all the display cases with fashion designs and was awarded the Saint Gauden’s Bronze Medal at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She went to receive it at The MMOA in an awards ceremony, there, with all the other New York high schools' winners. Lisa pursued her dream of designing in a fashion program at Fashion Institute of Technology while studying as a clothing designer she submitted fashion illustrations and garments to. There was a test to take in front of judges by drawing a male and female figure. Even before her acceptance into the Fashion Design Program, while in high school, Lisa would go on Saturdays for illustration lessons where her teacher would correct the students' drawings for accuracy and show how a fancy gown needed to be accurately draped and be color-shadowed on paper so that it could be actually constructed. Lisa transferred into the Marketing/Fashion Sales Department when she realized sewing and pattern making was not her calling. She continued to draw and design, though, in other ways.She, also, modeled in college to help raise money for the fashion department.
Lisa was told she had to pay her own way through school, so, at 18 years of age Lisa would borrow her mom’s car and go to Grand Street on the Lower East Side. There, she would purchase huge boxes of oversized mens' undershirts, some v-neck and others, crew neck, as there were no beach coverups in those days in various sizes. She would see the women wearing button down men's dress shirts over their swimsuits, mostly which did not look very comfortable for a day at the beach. In her attempt to create a cute and comfortable line of beach cover-ups, Lisa used her sewing machine to sew elastic in them to make a hiked up, "skirt effect" that looked like a cute tennis dress. She bought gallons of paint from Pearl Paint on Canal Street for the designs. Some years she would paint around fabric cut-outs that were ironed-on and other summers she would do graphic designs and city skylines. Her shirts had these foil mirrors that were like huge sequins and brought a nice pop of glamour to finish the look. As there were no variety of sizes for beach cover-ups in stores back in the day and knowing her particular clientele, Lisa specially catered to each one of her "ladies on the beach".....designed-to-order, unique, swim-suit cover-ups to satisfy each and every one of them. She learned it was only cost effective to color the shirts herself with the dye. A few times, young neighborhood children would ask, curiously, what she was doing with all the buckets outside the her home. They'd ask to come help with the tie dyes, squeezing out the colored water and removing the rubber bands, fascinated to see the bright, colored rings appear.
Later, Lisa worked in a high school that was located in Park Slope, teaching fashion art, sports car illustration and African-mask art. And, her students did a “Save The Animals” project art design. She would sell shirts during the summer when school was not in session. Her African art was displayed and raved about by Brooklyn And Staten Island Schools District Head, Michael Grandwitter, who praised, "we haven't seen anything like this in 30 years" !
In South Florida, Lisa taught High School Math at a charter school, sold swimsuit coverups she made at the famous Thunderbird Flea Market, as well as, at The Delray Beach Market, and did high-end, furniture-vignette display at Baer's in Boca Raton. What fascinated Lisa the most about Florida, though, besides the great weather, was the sultry jazz music she discovered while working as a seating Hostess at The St. Andrew Country Club.
In the early millennium, Lisa taught Regents Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry that she had to learn on her own for a teaching job at Sheepshead Bay High School. Her bosses had her teach History, Science and English, as well. She would motivate her classes to solve difficult, regents-level, algebraic equations whereby matching rap, hip/hop and reggae lyrics to the operations. On other days, she'd have them draw and design posters, illustrating their own fashion companies. The teens went through fashion magazines, found their favorite brands, and devised wholesale and retail prices, along with marketing plans to sell their items. They often excelled due to the creative lessons she designed and were proud to decorate the classroom with their work. Once, a student, looked up, admiringly, at this big, but lonely painting Lisa made, that was hanging next to the flag ..........and, asked, "Ms. Gindi....you made that painting of the Twin Towers? It's " 'mad-cool'..How come 'you not' an artist?" ..............
Lisa Gindi painted this skyline in Circa 1991 which is an original masterpiece painting the artist hung in one of her Regents Math classrooms while working as a public high school teacher.
Sometimes I am asked why my fashion illustration paintings have no faces. My reply, …"the entire thing is the face.”
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