Cliff Tisdell is a visual artist. His work is in private collections in New York, Canada, Germany and England.

A child of the sixties, Mr. Tisdell was part of the east village scene in the 1960s where he attended the School of Visual Arts but left after one year to attend Rutgers University. With a career in journalism in mind, he focused on communications and political science. However, the pull to make art was too strong and after a few years of working various jobs, he started working as a freelance illustrator in NYC getting assignments from the Village Voice and Seven Days Magazine. This led to a position in a small design agency. He started his own graphic design boutique in the 1990s before deciding to focus on his personal art and attend classes at Parsons and the Art Students League.

Mr. Tisdell currently gives talks on the arts and is a regular guest speaker at libraries and art institutions across the New York Metropolitan area. His series of talks currently includes, Victory of Pan: How Picasso Survived in Occupied Paris and Why the Landscape?, Armchair Voyager: Joseph Cornell, Artists Fighting Censorship and Fractured Space: How Modern Artists Changed the way we See.

Mr. Tisdell's work has appeared at Ivan Karp's OK Harris Gallery, the Chatauqua Institution, Carnegie Hall, Eric Fischl's America Now and Here project and the Edward Hopper House.

He was a resident artist of the month at the Edward Hopper House Museum in 2019 and is currently represented by Trager Contemporary in Charleston. S.C.

Selected Exhibitions

Trager Contemporary, SC 2019

Hopper House Museum, Nyack, NY resident artist - Sept 2019

New City Library, solo show 2018

Valley Cottage Library solo show 2018

VanDerPlas Gallery, NYC 2016

George Segal Gallery,  Montclair State University, featured artist 2015

Brenda Taylor Gallery, NYC 2014

America: Now and Here  2014 curated by Eric Fischl

OK Harris Gallery, NYC 2013 Ivan Karp, curator

University of Texas, Tyler TX

Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Commision 2012, Charlotta Kotik, curator

The Chatauqua Institution, NY 2012

First Street Gallery, NYC 2012,  Dore Ashton, curator

SOHO20 2011

Viridian Artists, NYC 2010

Grounds for Sculpture 2010

K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX 2009, Mellisa Miller, curator 2009

Pleiades Gallery, NYC 2009, Nat Trotman, Guggenheim, curator

George Segal Gallery 2009

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, MA 2008

Jersey City Museum 2004

Gallery of Living Artists, NYC 1996

Organization for Independent Artists, NYC 1995

New Jersey Center for Visual Arts 1994

Selected Projects

Manhattan JCC, 3-D workshops 2005

Center for Jewish History, illustration, graphic design 2005

Carnegie Hall, 3-sheet posters, American Composers Orchestra, 1999 season

American Museum of Natural History, animation project

Villlage Voice, illustration

Seven Days Magazine, illustration


Art Students League

NYU Center for Advanced Digital Applications


Arts Students League

NYU, Center for Advanced Digital Applications

Parsons School of Design

Rutgers University, BA

School of Visual Arts


statement from the artist 6/06/20