Lisa Reinertson is known for both her life size figurative ceramic sculptures
and her large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze.
Coming from a family of peace and social activists, Reinertson’s work has
an underlying humanism that can be seen both in her poetic ceramic figures
with animals, to her more historic public commissions that express ideals of
peace and social justice. In her public sculptures of Martin Luther King, Jr.
and Cesar Chavez she blends bas-relief into her three-dimensional sculptural
forms creating an historic and powerfully moving narrative. Her work
combines a realism rooted in figurative art traditions, with a contemporary
expression of social and psychological content.
Reinertson completed her MFA at UC Davis in 1984, studying with
Robert Arneson, and Manuel Neri. She has taught at several universities
and colleges in Northern California including CSU Chico, Santa Clara
University and UC Berkeley. Her ceramic work has been in exhibitions and
museums nationally and internationally, and is in several public and private
collections including the Crocker Art Museum, the ASU Art Museum and
the Mint Museum. Reinertson has completed over 20 public commissions in