Issis Macias

Is an artist living and working in Madison, Wisconsin.

She is a self-taught artist, Mexican-American born and raised in Southern California. In 2012, while exploring the eclectic art scene in Los Angeles, an encounter with a community of avant-garde painters, musicians, and photographers ignited an exploration of "self" and curiosity for artistic expression.


Today, her paintings are varied in style, reflecting an intuitive process and approach. She primarily works with acrylic and oil pastels on canvas to make abstract paintings of various textures, forms, and shapes. These are derived from her free-form methods of smearing and scraping paint with canvas keys, wedges, and bare hands.


For Issis, painting is a meditative process where the texture of each pigment guides the movement of hands as it soaks into the canvas. At times the process is intense with hours of rampant creativity. When the process is slow and deliberate, every stroke of color dictates proportion and intensity. The result is a distinctive body of abstract artwork that is vibrant and emotive. Joy, tranquility, exuberance, and melancholy are all transmuted in her paintings.

Issis finds inspiration in Mother Earth's colors, Indigenous art, water, music, travel, human connection, and her tiny muse - Inez Lily.

"Abstract painting allows me to surrender to the canvas and colors. It’s a spiritual process in which my mind quiets and allows my soul to speak in textures, colors, and lines."

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© 2019 by Issis Macias.