Ken Tisa was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1945. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 1968 and his MFA from Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1971. He currently lives and works in New York, NY, and is a professor in the painting department at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Tisa has held numerous solo exhibitions at venues including Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (2006); Centre d’Art et de Culture, Aix-en-Provence, France (2004); Sara Penn Gallery, New York, NY (1999); Stellweg Seguy Gallery, New York, NY (1988); Alexander Wood Gallery, New York, NY (1986); Genesis Gallery, Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic (1983); Art Latitude Gallery, New York, NY (1981); and Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY (1972). His most recent solo exhibition, titled, Paintings, Ceramics, was held at Kate Werble Gallery in Spring 2013.
Over the past four decades, his work has been featured in exhibitions at institutions such as the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY; Terrault Contemporary, Baltimore, MD; The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; Artist’s Space, New York, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; Gray Gallery, New York, NY; and PS122 Gallery, New York, NY. He was featured in the 1975 Whitney Biennial, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Tisa’s works have been reviewed in publications such as ArtInfo, Miami New Times, The New York Times, and New York Magazine. He has been a contributing author of six publications, including: Art To Wear (New York: Abbeville, 1986), ZZZZZ: [poems] (Calais, VT: Z, 1976), Nine Years in a Wind Tunnel: Being Pages from the Hotel Firbank Archive (including Songs from the Asylum) (London: Aloes, 1978), Bimbo Dirt (Calais, VT: Z, 1981), The New Beadwork (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1992), and 500 Beaded Objects: New Dimensions in Contemporary Beadwork (New York: Lark, 2004).