About Sylvia


Sylvia Lippmann is an acrylic abstract painter. Although she initially devoted most of her time to painting abstract florals and landscapes, Sylvia became more and more drawn to non-representational painting as an effective and satisfying way to express her emotions and experiences.

Sylvia was a shy, introverted teen who began painting in high school. She embraced painting as a form of self-expression that didn’t require her to talk to people! These days, she is more interested in avoiding her own mental conversations while painting. As she stands before a blank canvas, she takes the time to quiet her mind, release her expectations, and open her heart to infinite possibilities. She then enters the ever-changing stream of experience while striving to express the fluidity of that experience.

Sylvia is primarily a self-taught artist who has studied privately with several abstract painters. Specific artists that influence her work include Richard Diebenkorn, Georgia O’Keefe, Helen Frankenthaler, Arshile Gorky, and Franz Kline.

Before becoming a full-time artist, Sylvia worked as a special education teacher and community college coordinator. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband Dan. They are the parents of three grown children, and the new grandparents of a beautiful baby boy. Sylvia enjoys having easy access to the Art Institute of Chicago, where she takes classes and finds continual inspiration.