Gizara has been a freelance photographer & painter for over thirty years. Her photos have appeared on billboards and in numerous publications including People Magazine, Variety, LA Weekly, LA Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and hundreds of international newspapers. A portfolio of Gizara’s work was included in the 2014 Oscar Nominee Gift bags. As a result Bruce Dern and Jennifer Lawrence have added Gizara’s paintings and photographs to their private art collections. Terrance Malick is including Gizara’s paintings in his upcoming film Knight of Cups debuting in 2016.
Gizara’s paintings and photographs were purchased by AMC’s now iconic series Mad Men. Three of Lisa’s paintings were placed in Roger Sterling’s office and set the tone for several seasons. More of her work appears in Modern Family, Ray Donovan, The Newsroom, and in other films, television series’ and commercials. The Huffington Post published an article about Lisa and “The Woman Behind the Mad Men”. Angeleno Magazine published an article on the now infamous Mad Men paintings as well as other newspapers and magazines. Gizara had her first European painting show in Lisbon at the Colorida Gallery in 2014.
Gizara’s photos of Santa Monica were included in the opening show at The Annenberg Beach House and Bloomingdales in Santa Monica purchased three large infrared photographs for their front lobby. Her newest series of infrared photos entitled “Surreal Escapes” premiered at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City and then went on to the G2 Gallery on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, CA. The Surreal Escape series was also shown in SOHO in NYC, at the Louvre in Paris and at Art Basel Miamai in 2015 with See.Me’s ‘The Story of the Creative”.
Gizara’s continuing series of documentary photos entitled “Lost Angeles” depicts decrepit bungalows, fading signs and decaying store fronts that are quickly disappearing in lieu of their shiny, new, characterless replacements. The images appeared in a show in Venice, CA with a group of artists called Grey Matter and at The Kick Stand Gallery in Venice, CA.
At the age of 17 Gizara was awarded two grants from the Massachusetts State Arts Council to photograph her small hometown in Westford, Massachusetts. Her camera has since led her on travels around the world including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, France, Italy, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and throughout the United States.