Lisa Zador is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and textile designer based in Manhattan's West Village, where she works with her dog, Bingo, by her side. She specializes in images that have a nostalgic look, reflecting her love of bygone advertising and illustration. All of her work is hand painted in gouache, watercolor, or oil in two distinct styles: One is painterly and classic, the other lively and humorous. Both appeal to a wide range of clients, from Target to The Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co. of the Palm Beaches, which in 2014 commissioned one of Lisa's original paintings for its packaging.
"Lisa Zador renders work worthy of canvas: a painterly style evoking warmth and elegance mixed with remarkable detail,” says Karen Biondo, who commissioned Lisa to create original artwork for Publix Super Markets. “Her professionalism met and exceeded my expectations in following creative direction, timely response, excellent communication, and an unqualifiedly satisfying end result.”
Lisa’s work has been published by many companies, including Graphique de France and Artville/Getty. "Lisa's illustrations capture the nostalgic feeling of the past while giving them a fresh and witty twist,” says Holly Fritz-Palao, studio director of Graphique de France. “Her work always leaves you with a smile!" In 2002, Stewart, Tabori & Chang published two books of her animal paintings, The Well-Bred Dog and The Well-Bred Cat, as well as two sets of her whimsical, 1950s-inspired notecards: “Babalu” and “Swingin’.” “Lisa's work is timeless: a retro sensibility with a modern edge, always infused with intelligence and humor," notes Marisa Bulzone, former editorial director at Hearst BooksSterling Publishing Co., Inc. With more than 20 years of experience in textile design, Lisa has also worked on tabletop, bedding, and apparel for a wide range of clients including Nick and Nora, Town and Country, Gap Kids and Limited Express.
Her work has been featured on Fab.com, Manhattan User's Guide, Scoutmob, Animal Fair Magazine, Paper and Stitch and The Pet Museum. She is an avid collector of vintage toys and kitchenware, which is often an inspiration for her work. These were highlighted by Apartment Therapy in an Apartment Tour and Kitchen Tour in 2011.
Lisa welcomes new projects, commissions, and collaborations. Contact her at lisa (@) lisazador.com or using the form below.