Liz Adams with macarons painting at studio

Artist statement

Figurative artist Liz Adams creates vivid worlds filled with sensitive portraits, singers and sea creatures, sweets and pastries, bubbles and flowers. Her imagination finds a playful harmony beyond reality. Often working larger than life, she draws inspiration from Renaissance imagery as well as Greek Mythology. Her works have a painterly freshness with symbols that merge together to form a unique visual symphony.

A figurative painter in Paris

Liz Adams grew up in a warm southern household outside of Atlanta, Georgia. As an imaginative child, she loved creating costumes, climbing trees and sketching. When she made her first oil painting at age 18, she knew she had found her calling. She received her BFA in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University. Shortly after, her love of painting took her to New York to study figurative painting intensively with some of the best figurative artists in the country at The Art Students League of New York and the National Academy School of Fine Art. Liz was selected for the Newington Cropsey Foundation for the Arts Scholarship Program in Florence, Italy in 2008 where she spent a summer studying Renaissance Art History at Studio Art Center International and working in her studio space. She also had the opportunity to attend a Gross Anatomy Course at Drexel University in Philadelphia 2009 where she was able to study and draw human anatomy. 

In 2015 Liz was a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields grant for figurative artists with her large scale portrait work. She was also awarded a residency at Vytlacil in Sparkill, NY. In 2016 Liz was invited to be a part of Heritage Space « Month in Arts » Residency in Hanoi, Vietnam where she taught portrait workshops and painted Vietnamese landscapes included in group exhibition of international artists.

Liz has participated in art shows in NYC and across the US as well as Canada, Vietnam and France. Her works are included in numerous private collections and have been published in American Artist’s Drawing Magazine, North Light Art Book’s Strokes of Genius 5: Composition and Manifest INPA 6. She has taught classes at The Art Students League and The Art Center NY. In 2020, Liz relocated to Paris, France where she was awarded a Talent Visa based on her artistic achievement. She works out of her studio in Paris and continues to exhibit her work. In addition, she takes portrait commissions and teaches art classes.

Liz Adams with singers painting in studio
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I love the feeling of starting a new painting: that first pass of color where anything possible is pure magic!

Liz Adams



2005-10 Art Students League of New York, NYC
2007-10 National Academy School of Fine Art, NYC
2009 Fall Semester of Gross Anatomy with Michael Grimaldi, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Studio Art Center International, Summer Program in Art History and Painting, Florence, Italy
2003 B.F.A. Drawing and Painting, magna cum laude, Georgia State University


2023 Act 1, EAP Residency Exhibition, Yellow Cube Gallery, Paris France
2023 Estivales de Sceaux, juried exhibition, Mairie de Sceaux, France
2022 “Elephant in the Room,” Institut d’études supérieures des arts, Paris, France
2022 “Figuration,” Galerie HCE, Saint Denis, France
2021 “Salon de la Rentrée 2021, Galerie Thuillier, Paris, France
2021 The White Distance”, Heritage Space, Hanoi, Vietnam
2021 “100 Faces Show,” Atlanta, GA
2020 “Thirty Seven”, Edward Hopper House Museum, Nyack, NY
2020 “TERRA INCOGNITA,” The QNS Collective, Virtual Gallery
2020 “Salon 2020,” Artistes Indépendants Normands, Halle aux Toiles, Rouen, France
2018 “Art Halifax Festival,” Art Zone Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2017 “Palette Show”, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
2016 “Point of Origin”, Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
2016 “LIMITED n INFINITIVE”, Heritage Space Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam
2015 SUBLIME:Harlem, Gallery 345, New York, NY
2014 Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
2014 “She Depicting Her”, Alex Adam Gallery, New York, NY
2014 “Behind the Curtain”, Mark Miller Gallery, New York, NY
2014 “Loved and Observed”, Hersh Fine Art, Glen Cove, NY
2014 Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists’ Faces of Winter, University of Connecticut, Stamford CT
2013 THE (UN)FAIR, Manhattan, NY


2016 Month of Arts Practice, Artist Residency, Heritage Space, Hanoi, Vietnam
2015 Ruth Katzman Scholarship Artist-in-Residence at The League Residency at Vytlacil, Sparkill, NY
2015 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Canada
2014 Lillian Ciaravino Memorial Award, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition, NYC
2014 Third Place, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists’ Faces of Winter, University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT
2014 The Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Competition, Finalist in the Portraits/Figures
2011 Macowin Tuttle Award, Salmagundi Members Exhibition, NYC
2009-10 Merit Scholarship, Art Students League of New York, NYC
2008 Emil Carlsen SCNY Award, Salmagundi Club, NYC
2008 Newington Cropsey Foundation Scholarship: Summer Program at SACI, Florence, Italy
2007 Bacchieles Scholarship, National Academy School of Fine Art, NYC



2022- Present Open Art, Online Art Classes
2022- Present, Content Supervisor for Academy Everywhere, New York Academy of Art, Manhattan, NY
2022- Present, Paris Paint Nights, Art Classes, Paris, France
2021 Journée des Associations Montreuil, Portrait Demonstration, Montreuil France
2020-present Online Mentorship Program, Individual Sessions
2013-2019 Instructor at The Art Center NY, Manhattan, NY
2018 “Art Halifax Gala Event: Portrait Demonstration,” Art Zone Gallery, Halifax, Canada
2014-2018 Workshop Instructor, Art Students League of New York, NY
2017 “Live Demonstration with Three Contemporary Masters,” Art Students League of New York
2014-2017 Studio Assistant at Yigal Ozeri Studios, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
2016 “A Dialogue with Self”, Self Portrait Workshop, Heritage Space, Hanoi, Vietnam
2016 Self Portrait, Art Therapy Workshop, Hagar International, Hanoi, Vietnam

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