Lina Liberace

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Lina Liberace

United States

Lina Liberace (formerly Lina Chesak) is an illustrator and fine artist. She grew up in a large artistic family in Rensselaer, Indiana, and graduated from Saint Joseph’s College with a degree in marketing and art. She moved to Washington D.C. where she embarked on a full-time career as an illustrator, working for a variety of clients including National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Scholastic, and America Airlines.

Her preferred illustration mediums are oil or watercolor with the addition of pencil or ink. Though focusing on editorial illustration, books she has illustrated include Polly Hopper’s Pouch written by Louise Rampersaud for Dutton, and Charlie Muffin’s Miracle Mouse written by Dick King-Smith for Crown Publishers. Her “Shepherd” Humpty Dumpty illustration is part of The Society of Illustrators’ exhibition and permanent collection, Women Illustrators, Past and Present. Lina has received awards from The Society of Illustrators and The Illustrator’s Club of Washington. In 2002, she was one of eight SJC alumni selected to represent her alma mater in a publication called Success.

In recent years Lina’s focus has shifted toward painting and sculpture where she enjoys painting from nature and combining realism with whimsy. In August 2016, her “sgraffito/granito” (old Italian style) gilded frame and her painting to go with it were featured in Picture Framing Magazine’s article “Gilded Magic,” written by Master Gilder William Adair (see link below). Her recreations of “worn” shoes from past centuries can be found at Baileywycks in The Plains, Virginia. 

Lina and her husband, artist Robert Liberace have two very talented daughters and live in Virginia. Their family Instagram page is LiberaceArt. Their work is currently displayed at The Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Viginia.

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