Marlissa Karpeh

About the Artist

Marlissa Karpeh, also known as Lissa Karpeh, is a Liberian American painter currently living and working in Minnesota. Her life-size paintings are informed by her first-generation immigrant identity and background in mental health work. Karpeh explores the self, other, and context in her figural, richly colored oil and acrylic paintings. Her recent work examines the concept of “double consciousness” (developed by W. E. B. Du Bois) as it relates to western oppressive perceptions of Black identity. She received her BFA from Saint Cloud State  and is currently an artist in the Studio 400 cohort. Descriptions of her expressive painting style have recently been featured in Vanity Fair magazine.