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Isabel Samaras

Isabel Samaras was born in New York City, grew up in Arlington, VA, and moved back to New York after high school to attend Parsons School of Design where she majored in Illustration. A San Francisco resident for the last 10 years, she continues to work as an illustrator, in addition to creating fine art.Isabel Samaras wants to make your eyes water. She wants people to see her paintings as a process similar to the peeling away of layers of an onion. When you get to the core, it will start the burn. At least that’s what she’d like. She paints 70s sitcom characters doing the naughty things we never saw them do on television. She’s become well known for her scandalous lunch boxes and television trays boasting images like Catwoman and Batman making it and Jeannie from “I Dream of Jeannie” wearing less than her customary harem wear. Beyond television and the master paintings, Isabel pulls influences from horror movies, Las Vegas lifestyles, and Mexican calendar art into her projects. She claims she has more ideas for paintings than she’ll ever be able to execute, and through it all, she remains a satisfied and happy artist.


Past Exhibitions