Biography and Exhibitions


Artist Statement:

My oil paintings are narratives that create a dialog with color, light and shadow. The paintings explore unchanging human nature and the cyclic repetition of history. The figures portrayed speak through visual clues via clothing and props. They are actors in a series I have titled Circus Real Surreal. In my Santa Cruz series, I record a local’s perspective of my hometown through observations of the uniqueness of the area. My family’s immigration to the U.S. was the inspiration for the mixed media series, A Boat to America.


Lidia has been exhibiting her paintings over twenty-five years. She has recently won a first place award in “The Next Best Thing 23” exhibit at the Studio Channel Islands, CA and the Fletcher Dyer award at the “FL3TCH3R Exhibit” at The Reece Museum, TN in 2022. In 2011, Lidia was invited to paint a rendition of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk’s Carousel on site for its 100th anniversary.

Lidia has studied fine arts through UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, Bay Area Classical Arts Atelier, and El Camino College where she first fell in love with oil paints. She is the first generation of her family to be born in the United States. Lidia was raised in California and currently resides in Santa Cruz, CA with her husband and family.

Contact me if my work fits into your exhibition space. LidiaStudio@mail.com



“Lidia Hasenauer’s new exhibit...is an observant portrayal of serious global issues...Her oil paintings are so vibrantly colored and thought-provoking, that even non-art connoisseurs will find themselves captivated.”

- J Singh
Good Times, Santa Cruz


Exhibition History

Edited/ download PDF for complete CV here.

The Next Big Thing 23 | Studio Channel Islands, CA | Juror: Shana Nys Drambrot, Arts Editor LA Weekly | Awarded: First Place

FL3TCH3R Exhibit | Reece Museum, TN | Awarded: Fletcher Dyer Award | Juror: Wesam Mazhar Haddad

Left Coast Annual | Sanchez Art Center, CA | Juror: Jeff Nathanson executive director and art curator Museum of Sonoma County.

Natural Habitats | Cabrillo College Gallery, CA | Juror: Dona Seager and Suzanne Gray owners of Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco.

Vote! Your Voice is Your Vote! | Pajaro Valley Arts | CA, Group Exhibit

Spoken/Unspoken | Santa Cruz Public Library, CA | Group Exhibit

Art As Response/Artist at Catalyst/Spoken-Unspoken | Porter Faculty Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz, CA | Group Exhibit

We Are Artists | East Tennessee State University Slocumb Galleries, TN |
Juror: Dr. Anja Foerschner, Getty Research Institute

The Figure Contemporary, A National Art Exhibit | Santa Cruz Art League, CA |
Juror: Noah Buchanan, Artist/Professor, UC Santa Cruz


Notable Jurors in Past Exhibitions

Reaction, Gallery Route One, CA | Juror: John Seed, art critic.

Visual Politics : Art & The American Experience | Santa Cruz Art League, CA | Juror: Peter Selz, founding Executive Director of the Berkeley Art Museum, curator of painting and sculpture MOMA, New York, 1958.

78th Annual International Juried Exhibition | Harrisburg Art Association, PA | Juror: Kathryn Calley-Galitz, Assistant Curator, 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY


2023 | First Place, The Next Big Thing 23

2022 | Fletcher H. Dyer Award, Fletcher Exhibit


Library of Congress


Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier 2019, 2021, 2022

Attended workshops lead by: Tony Rider, Kamille Cory, Jon DeMartin, Darin Kingsley

UC Santa Cruz. & Cabrillo College 2004-6
Illustration courses lead by: Noah Buchanan

El Camino College 1994-96

Illustration & Painting: William Brownlee, Robert Kobashi, Harrison Storms, Willie Suzuki

UC San Diego, Fine Arts Courses 1992

El Camino College, Torrance, CA 1986-88 AA Graphic Design


2021 | “Circus Real Surreal: A Collection of Narrative Paintings.” Hardcover, Paperback and ebook.

2012 | “An Artist’s View of Santa Cruz” Paperback

2011 | “Man As Object - Reversing the Gaze” show catalog. Women’s Caucus for Art

2010 | Studio Visit Magazine New American Paintings. Volume Nine