Lisa Bufano

About Lisa

Lisa Bufano on 28 inch table leg stilts


Lisa Louise Bufano is an interdisciplinary artist and a performer, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, who often uses prosthetics and props in her work. In the past 8 years, Lisa has performed for audiences in Brazil, France, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Canada and in venues across the United States including The Kennedy Theater in Washington D.C., The Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Judson Memorial Church in NYC. She is a Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art recipient and has an ongoing association with the Makel School In Vienna Austria.

Lisa was a competitive gymnast as a kid and a go-go dancer in college. After a bacteria infection led to the amputation of both her feet and fingers when she was 21, Lisa pursued stop-motion animation and sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. From 2006 to 2010 she toured with AXIS Dance Company, performing works choreographed by Victoria Marks, Joe Goode, Kate Weare. A friend brought her to Boise, ID., in 2009 when a nasty struggle with a reoccurring MRSA infection forced her to take a medical leave from touring. While she was healing, she pursued visual work in painting and soft-sculpture as a resident artist in Boise's 8th St. AIR program. Lisa recently moved back to the Bay area. She works in a store front studio in Oakland Chinatown.


In my visual and performing work, the dominating theme is the visceral experience of alienation, embodied by creatures, real and imagined.