Lydia Janssen was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1976 and received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in1998. After graduating, she moved to New York City to pursue a professional dance career, performing with modern dance troupes Pam Tanowitz Dance Company and Jordana Toback. The artist’s dance career ended after several injuries, leading her to pursue her art making.
Janssen spent a year at the Graduate Fine Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before returning to New York to study at the Art Students League (2005-07) with Larry Poons and Ronnie Landfield, among others.
Janssen’s work has been exhibited at Redsea Gallery Singapore (2018); Singapore Contemporary Art Fair (2017); Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong 2016; Miaja Gallery Singapore (2015); Susan Eley Gallery (2014); Cielo, New York City (2008); Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (2007); The Art Students League Gallery (2006) NACUL Center Gallery, Amherst, MA (2005), Asian Fusion Gallery, New York City; New York Academy of Art (2001, 1999); Space Gallery, Bronxville, NY (1998) and The L Caf Gallery, Brooklyn (1998).
The artist currently lives and works in Bali with her husband and three children.
Lydia Janssen, Cutoff (2008), Oil on Canvas, 60 x 48 inches