Lisa Sotilis was born in Athens and descends from a heroic and aristocratic Greek family that has contributed considerably to the independence of the nation.
She studied art at The Academy of Fine Art of Brera, Milan, Italy.
At the age of 16, on the occasion of her first solo exhibition at The Gian Ferrari Gallery in Milan, Italy, art critics and historians Luciano Budigna, Raffaele De Grada, Franco Russoli and Giorgio Kaisserlian as well as artists, Renato Guttuso, Ennio Morlotti and Marcello Mascherini noticed her extraordinary talent.
Sotilis’s international debut took place at The Berlin Museum, where the 18 year old artist was presented by the renowned professor Jannasch, as an enfant prodige. On that occasion Lisa Sotilis met Alexander Iolas, the world leading art dealer, who immediately offered her an exclusive contract and presented her to all his top galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Geneva, Athens and Rome, among some of the leading 20th century artists such as Andy Warhol, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Tinguely and Roberto Matta.
Salvatore Quasimodo, Nobel Prize winner in Literature (1959), in his book “Visti da Salvatore Quasimodo” (1969 edition) writes of Sotilis: “revelation of the influential power of the Greek myth”.
Lisa Sotilis was Giorgio de Chirico’s assistant, the only assistant for his large sculpture projects financed by the leading art dealer and collector, Alexander Iolas. She was the only person authorised by the Master of the Metaphysical art movement to retouch his waxes before casting.
In addition to painting and sculpture, Sotilis is famous throughout the world for her unique jewellery pieces chosen by the crème de la crème of the international jet set such as Her Majesty Empress Farah Pahlavi, Her Majesty Queen Marie José of Belgium, the last Queen of Italy, Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy, Rudolf Nureyev, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Giorgio de Chirico, Claudia Cardinale, Annie Girardot, Roland Petit, Greek ship-owners and magnates of Italian and American industry.
Sotilis’s achievements include an exclusive contract with Cartier, NY, in the 70s, for the design and execution of the bezels for their famous watches.
Lisa Sotilis is a very prolific artist. Her sculptures, paintings, jewels and furniture are displayed in museums as well as in private collections throughout the world such as: Museo Galleria del Premio Suzzara, MAGA, Museo Arte Gallarate, Alexander Museum Palace Hotel, Nathan and Joanne Cummings, Lord Jonathan Moyne, Lady Moyne, John and Kitty Mills, Mimi and Herman Lay, Mitzi Newhouse, Alberto and Daniela Alemagna, Lucia Rizzoli, Borletti family, Avis family, Andrea David and Nadia and Harry David.