Shizu Saldamando was born and raised in San Francisco's Mission District, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture and her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. Experimenting with a broad range of surfaces and materials, Saldmando’s portraiture enlists painting and drawing on canvas, wood, paper and cloth, and functions as homage as well as a documentation of subcultures within and around the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Her drawings, paintings, sculptures, and videos have been exhibited both locally and internationally. A selection of her solo exhibitions include: When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando, Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, California, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; There is a Place, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, California; and Stay Gold, Space 47, San Jose, California. Selected group exhibitions include Phantom Sightings at LACMA, Drawing the Line at MOCA San Diego, We Must Risk Delight: Twenty Artists from Los Angeles, an official collateral exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Trans-Pacific Borderlands as a part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time initiative at the Japanese American National Museum and The High Art of Riding Low at the Petersen Automotive Museum.