Lissa Jeannot Talleyrand was born in Haiti in March 1958 and is mostly based on the South-East coast of Haiti. Her primary medium is clay, which she began working with at age 13 in a ceramics center in the city. Claiming to have always been an artistic child and who “loved to play in the mud,” once her fingers experienced the touch of clay, she knew what she wanted to do forever. After High School, Lissa studied ceramics at Escuela de Cerámica Jacinto Alcantara de la Moncloa, Madrid, Spain and also Instituto Statale d’Arte per la Ceramica, Sesto, Firenze, Italia. Following her studies, Lissa spent several years working as an artist in Spain before returning to Haiti. Aside from Italy and Spain, she has also travelled to the continents of North and South America, honing her skills and teaching workshops. During the 80’s and 90’s, she dedicated a lot of time making collections of clothing for her brand Le Mabouya, which mainly consisted of handpainted jackets and tops. From 2004 to the present she has been the Artistic Director, Fondation le Mabouya, Cayes Jacmel, Haïti, where she has her studio, where in addition to her clay sculptures, also creates such varied items as Udu drums and jewelry.
Her most recent exhibits include:
- Summer 2015: Moscow Clay work, summer exhibit. Moscow, PA. USA
- December 2014: Sucrerie de Nogent. Ste Rose, Guadeloupe
- July 2013: Moscow Clayworks. Moscow, PA. USA
- Mars 2012: L’art Haïtien vu par nos femmes (MUPANAH). Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- October 2011 : Moscow Clayworks. Moscow, PA. USA
- June 2011: Parade The Circle. Cleveland, Ohio.
- April 2011: Danse Beauté. Petion-Ville, Haiti.
- November 2010: Vibrations Caraïbes. Musée du Montparnasse, Paris, France.
- November 2010: Ti Coup D’œil sur Haïti. Suresnes, France.