were captivated by Lisa Fittipaldiís lively, colorful canvases. When
they learn that she was blind, they were astounded. Fittipaldi was
declared legally blind in 1993, and in the ensuing years her vision
dropped below measurable levels. She could not see color or distance,
dimension or print. A blind
they saw her work for themselves, people thought it was impossible. She
was a realist painter. Photographed, interviewed and filmed while
painting, the majority of her 400 paintings sold. Her complex scenes of
diverse cultures and everyday life have been exhibited in museums and
galleries around the world.
Clearly what is more
remarkable is that Lisa Fittipaldi leads a full life while undergoing
Chemotherapy and the daily struggles surrounding "Churg Strauss
Vasculitis, Temporal Arteritis and Wagner's Disease."
began painting in 1995, two years after she lost her vision. Painting
was one of several avenues that Lisa explored as a way of finding her
place in the world after losing her sight. She quickly understood that
painting her storehouse of memories was both a source of nourishment and
a way to keep her world alive in her mind. As she began to paint, she
also realized that the principles of art gave her a system for
comprehending and navigating the three-dimensional world she could no
longer see. Whatever she learned in her painting studio, working on a
two-dimensional canvas, could be applied to her understanding of the
vast world she lived in. After she understood spatial relationships
and the principles of art, she could make her own way in the world as
both an artist, and a human being.
Fittipaldi delighted in giving her viewer the visual experience of color
and energy that she saw in her mindís eye. It was her way of validating
the reality of her inner vision. She entertained herself by trying new
textures, by mixing media, by setting out new artistic and technical
problems to solve. Her wide-ranging choice of subjects and locales was
culled from memories of her own past experience and travels. She
painted vignettes of life from the ambience of the new locales she
visited, and visual images given to her by others.
In 2005 Lisa
Fittipaldi elected to move to South America in order to undergo a series
of surgeries to partially restore her vision. After making this decision she
donated all of her art supplies and the contents of her studio as a
first attempt to regain her privacy. The surgeries were moderately
successful, however, there is no known way to stop the progression of
the disease. After several years in South America and The Republic of
Panama, she temporarily returned to the United States to pursue a new
career as an author.
addition to painting, Fittipaldi is a world renowned author who's books
have been published in German, Spanish and Turkish as well as English.
She runs the Mindís Eye Foundation, a non-profit organization that she
founded in 1999 to provide adaptive computer technology to blind,
vision-impaired and hearing-impaired children. With her husband Al, she
is presently a resident of The Republic of Panama.