Born and raised in New Zealand, Alishia’s love for visual art began in high school, where she spent much of her time painting and in the darkroom as an escape from the typical difficulties of teenagehood. An early influence was the celebrated New Zealand artist Colin McCahon, whose marriage of landscape and overlay continues to inspire her style.

Upon leaving school, Alishia worked briefly as a florist before moving into hairdressing, all the while continuing to develop her artistic skills by producing work and selling it to clients on the side.

In 2016 Alishia participated in her first exhibition, a two-person exhibit titled When The Sky Meets The Land, at Front Yard Gallery on the GC of Australia and went on to sell seven pieces from the show.

In 2019, Ms. Falleni had her debut solo exhibition titled A Version Of Paradise, at The Bishop Gallery in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She sold the largest piece in the exhibit called Roll The Dice, as well as a successful print program of originals through the gallery. It was at this exhibition of nine large scale pieces, where Lishi platformed her messages and motifs based thematically on freedom.

Now more than ever, freedom is a word that is reverberating around the world and boldly declaring its intentions. Lishi’s work champions freedom in its purest manifestations: freedom of the mind, freedom to have the courage to speak up, freedom to be who you are with no fear, freedom to love yourself and others, freedom of choice, freedom to create peace in a violent world. She often uses graffiti to superimpose “LishiLou” or the question “what sets you free”, into the paintings. The source pictures show street art and graf tags on the buildings, and she paints her tag and messages on the structures as if they existed in real life.

Lishi had an “aha moment” when she connected her freedom bird and the Zuni bird, a spirit animal of the Iroquois Nation that symbolizes freedom as well. Zuni bird images were all around the house of Lishi’s paternal grandmother, whose grandmother was a full-blood member of the now extinct Beothuk Native tribe from Newfoundland and was one of the few remaining members who joined the Iroquois 5 Nations. Perhaps the Zuni bird influenced Lish’s bird, but either way, that Freedom is in Alishia’s blood.

Alishia is currently working on a collection that celebrates the Native American culture of her grandmother and has started painting her first series of portraits, 6 of her favourite musicians that have inspired her from childhood upwards. Music has been just as important as art is for freedom in her life.

She has also been painting what she describes as magical scenes on canvas, “Nights at Monroe” with lamps like melting starlight, a roaming tiger on a moonlit beach, and “GangGangs Moon”.

Her new landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes all come with poetry to help you escape fully into the pieces.

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