Shizu Saldamando was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission district and received her B.A. from UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture in 2000. In 2002 she attended ArtOmi International Artist Colony in upstate New York and in 2005 she received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has exhibited her work in both painting and experimental media exhibitions both locally and internationally participating in the Venice Biennale official collateral exhibitions, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Kyoto University, and The Phantom Sightings Exhibition at LACMA. She has had solo exhibitions at the Vincent Price Museum, Steve Turner Contemporary and Moore College in Philadelphia. She has worked at several arts organizations, taught art for several years to continuation high school students, and currently works as a tattoo artist in East Los Angeles while still exhibiting and creating artwork.