Mango, 2010

About Lisa David

I came to painting over time. My parents were artists and my older brother and sister chose the same path. I absorbed my surroundings, but was never instructed and never pointedly cared about the art activity around me.

I defiantly chose a different direction, though I was often overcome by color, perspective, and geometry in my everyday life. Travel beyond the U.S. was a quest from a very young age. Finally, I went to Costa Rica at 16. In college, I chose to pursue Russian history, language and literature and went to Russia. I later went on to international business in banking and technology, and then started a home furnishings internet company focused on color and design. Before the Internet bubble burst, I sold it and said, “OK, what do I really want to do?”

With my intuition and experience, and the support of my husband and two great kids, I harnessed my inspiration and entered Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. With all this as a backdrop, I now paint life as I see and feel it.


  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    • Certificate in Painting, 2011
  • Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
    • Painting/Drawing; figure, still life and landscape
  • Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, New York, NY
    • MBA, Marketing/Finance
  • Beloit College, Beloit, WS
    • BA, Russian Studies


  • Wilmington Music School
  • Various private collections
  • Pennsylvania Academy Annual Student Exhibition, 2010-2011
  • Pennsylvania Academy Museum Café Exhibition, 2010-2011

Other Selected Accomplishments

  • Zallinger/David Foundation, Director, 2008-Present
  • Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, BankOne studio artist, 2003
  •, CEO and President
  • CoreStates Financial Corp, Philadelphia, PA, commercial international and transaction processing businesses
  • Bankers Trust Company, New York, NY, Global Trade
  • Citicorp, New York, NY, Global Electronic Markets, Visa® and MasterCard® Marketing
  • AFS International Programs, New York, NY, Manager of Programs, northern Latin America