Lies was born in Rotterdam and is based in Los Angeles since the 50’s. She has been a monochrome painter for decades and prefers the quiet side of life (except for some free jazz and indie rock).
She began practicing Zen Buddhism in 1988, and she says though meditation has certainly informed her approach to painting, she tries to avoid the Zen clichés. The poetic nature of simple elements like texture and color is very important in her work…and she often says: I like people to feel my paintings without touching them.
Since 1980 she has been showing her work both nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Mexico City, and South Korea. She has been included in group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Rome, and Germany.
In 2015 Lies was chosen in Rome as one of only 6 artists to represent the Panza Collection in the first posthumous tribute to Dr. Panza. In 2003 she had a residency at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; in 2005, she was the recipient of the COLA Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles.
Her most recent solo show in Los Angeles was at Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects in 2016. In 2017 she had a residency at Kaus Australis in Rotterdam and a solo exhibition in Seoul.
Recently she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts 2018.
Her work is included in the Panza Collection, Milano, Italy, the Jumex Colección, Mexico City, and the Weisman Collection, Los Angeles, and others.