Lis Engel

Contemporary Artist Painter


Lis Engel

I am autodidact as an artist but have studied art in New York, London, Seattle and Geneve, Paris, Firenze, Rome and Copenhagen.

Artist statement

"To be an artist is for me about radical awareness and a willingness to communicate experiences of significance with passion, courage, imagination and honesty. To work with art is an eternal rebirth of the living now with a strong communion of the poetics of every experience of significance we are part of". My inspiration comes from many sources, from nature, literature, music and art.
My main focus is on movement and rhythms as synkinaesthetic songs of life-I work in a space intertwining the poetic, the surrealistic, the abstract and the magical of everyday events.
My next exhibition is Naples Castel dell´Ovo, 2016, 22-24 june.

Presentation in Art Catalogues and Art Books:

  • 1 st Biennale of Creativity in Italy,
  • Masters of Today-Art of Excellence curated and edited by Peter Russu.
  • International Contemporary Artists Vol VIII,
    curated and edited by Eve Lemonidou and Olga Antoniadou, 2014
  • The Best Modern and Contemporay Artists
    curated by Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo, 2014
  • The Best Modern and Contemporay Artists curated by Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo, 2014
  • Effetto Arte 2014
  • Winter Edition 2014 of Art & Beyond Magazine.
  • International Contemporary Artists vol VIII, 2014, ICA Publishing, the Florence Biennale, 2011
  • Masters of Today Art of Excellence curated by Peer Russo, 2008, 2009, 2010 and on a censored
    online gallery for modern art
  • MASTERS - 117 Contemporary Artists | pages 220-221
    Author, Editor, Publisher: Petru Rusu of MOT / Masters of Today
  • CREATIVE GENIUS - 100 Contemporary Artists | pages 150-151
    Author, Editor, Publisher: Petru Rusu of MOT / Masters of Today
  • ART IN VOGUE - 123 art connoisseurs | pages 193-195
    Author, Editor, Publisher: Petru Rusu of MOT / Masters of Today
  • ART UNLIMITED - 101 Contemporary Artists | pages 92-93
    Author, Editor, Publisher: Petru Rusu of MOT / Masters of Today
  • MUSEUM - 100 Contemporary Artists Showcase
    Author, Editor, Publisher: Petru Rusu of MOT / Masters of Today

Latest Awards

  • Segnalati Edinburgh, Scotland, for stylistic value, nov, 2015
  • Nominated by Accademia Italia in Arte for High International Art Award “Minerva Goddess Of All Arts” for the following reasons: a testimony of your commitment artistic, strict and original, to give your contribution to the “History of Ideas”, “At the mediation of knowledge” and “spread the culture in the world” through your interpretation, unique and unrepeatable.
  • Mazzullo Prize July from 10th to 19th 2015, at Palace Duchi of Santo Stefano in Taormina.
  • Cavalieri di Malta O.S.J. pittura, for stylistic value, luglio 2014
  • The Best Modern and Contemporary artists, All´Artista for stylistic value, april 2014
  • Raffaello Sanzio 2014, Lecce, Italia


Selected Invited and censured exhibitions

  • Art Nordic, Copenhagen 2016, Hillerød Kunstdage 2016
  • International Contemporary Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. November 2015 – The art event “I Segnalati”
  • Dante’s House Museum Firenze 2015
  • The second International Art Bienniale in Palermo 2015
  • “Future Memories” Venice 18 august-29th august and The Biennale of Chienchiano 5-13 september, 2015
  • Solo exhibition at the International contemporary art gallery Marziart Hamburg,dec 2014-jan 2015
  • "Salon Gustave Eiffel"- La Grande Exposition Universelle 2014, curated by Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo, and organized by Ea Editore of Palermo open at Salon Gustave Eiffel with a Vernissage the 23 october 2014 at 10:30. Host of the event will be Jose Van Roy Dali, son of the famous painter Salvador Dali.
  • L´Agostiniana Galleria, Rome, invited as a candidate to Leonardo meets Canova, 2014 with two paintings "paradise no 1, paradise no 2"
  • 1st Italian Biennale of Creativity, Palaexpo, Verona 2014, represented with two paintings "The Path to Tihar" and "Angel of Light".
  • Monreale Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Sicily, 2014 – invited as a candidate to the 1. Trinacria Award 2014 with the painting "In-between heaven and earth".
  • CHRISTMAS IN NAPLES 2014″ Gallery of Modern Art ”The Doors”, 57 Chiatamone Naples, 20-30 December 2014.
  • Raphael Sanzio Award 2014 from ”ItaliaIn Arte” – 2014
  • Galleria Tondinelli, invited as a representative for Denmark by Curator Floriana Tondinelli and art professor Aldo G. Jatosti to the Nordic Exhibition "Roses, Gardens and Ancient Symbols" Rome 2013, supported by the Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish Ambassady.
  • Museum of Americas, 2011
  • Firenze Biennalen, 2011
  • Gallery Broadway, New York, 2011
  • Nyart Beijing Project, 2011
  • Many solo and group exhibitions in Denmark e.g The censured HCAndersen festival at Filosoffen Odense, 2013.
  • Participant in the censored artist group and Gallery Nybro, Copenhagen.


The sensible Danish painter is now started to artistic maturity after some aesthetic experiences, gained through the internalization of the theories learned directly in London, New York, Geneva,      Florence, and, of course, in Copenhagen. Her style is introspective, but also inquiring of the outside world. Signals come from the two worlds to the heart, not only a feelings cradle, but true laboratory transformation of images in a dreamlike visions of life and subsequent phases of interplay between experience and expression to turn to define the true meaning of lived space.      In "Madonna and Child" space corresponds to a few centimeters between the two sides, so homogeneous as they were one.      Lis Engel here reveals its iconographic traits, with soft, harmonic tones (which is dominated by pasteltones) and she even include the symbolic element of the dove in the foreground.      She's not wrong when Engel defines his style "expressive, poetic, wonderful, which in itself contains dreamlike visions of figures, but also allegories and abstractions" of an ideal world that effectively live      creating and realizing not living in the city of the Little Mermaid. Lis Engel likes to live in the small town of Rønne, on the island of Bornholm, which certainly is not stingy with horizons, nature, and suggestions for the spirit. That 's where our artist can get lost in endless mazes, and provide nourishment to her thirst of knowledge.

Aldo G. Jatosti

Galleria Tondinelli
Rome, 2011
Art Professor Aldo G. Jtosti

Chianciano Art Museum - Critical Analysis

Lis Engel is wonderful self-taught abstract painter. Her works are characterised by the purely impressionistic nature that derives from her inner responses to everyday life and to the objective world she sees around her, besides by her more intimate meditations and dreams and her favourite myths and fairy tales.
Lis's technique is made of purely gestural brushstrokes that create dynamism and tumult in her canvases, capturing the viewer from the very first moment and transporting him directly into her sublime reality, reminding us of the British abstract painter Howard Hodgkin and the Australian expressionist Arthur Boyd.
The lines are basic and essential and offer an almost childlike quality to the subjects, although her ability to depict her figures is outstandingly expressive. The reduction of form and simplicity of outlines highlight her explicit allegorical and poetic nature.
The use of colours is stunning. Lis uses soft, harmonic hues, prevailingly pastel tones, to offer the viewer a most refreshing and joyful experience. The chromatic primacy and combination of colours only accentuate the meaning and symbolism in her paintings. There is a story behind each artwork that is told through Lis's artistry and creative talent and imagination. The viewer is overwhelmed by the evocative intensity of her visual narrative and finds himself unconsciously living each story with passionate participation.
Her compositions are fascinating and superbly charming. Her delicate, subtle, generous, manner of conveying her most precious feelings is absolutely unique. We are bystanders in the face of a highly talented artist and her compelling and extraordinary sensitivity. Her pure spirit and art form are a true and joyful gift to the world of modern abstract painting.

Karen Lappon

Karen Lappon
International Confederation of Art Critics

The Global Arts Project January 2011 Abraham Lubelsky Ny Arts Magazine

Your dreamscapes are rendered in vibrant hues and tones: lucious grass, azure sky, winding paths, silent heat, or tall standing trees. The wildlife and featured animals simbolize a life lived to the fullest...the same energy can be detected in your more Abstract Exspressionist paintings and a mixture of rainmbow palette, combined with blithe brushstroke, construct a buoyant world where the midnight sky becomes a festive carnival, and the jungle turns into a poetic prophecy. Ingenious and intuitive, you portray life as in its finest detail in each layered painting, each brought into being with tints and shades magnetic and galvanizing.

The Broadway Gallery,
New York 2011
The Gloabal Arts Project January
i Ny Arts magazine



    Upcoming events:
  • I have been selected as a candidate to The High Recognition Minerva Goddess of All Arts in Lecce by the Scientific Committee of Honour - Accademia Italia in Arte Nel Mondo (Minerva 2016)


Lis Engel


Galerie Engel Toeltvej

39A 3050 Humlebæk

+45 31689013