Project Description

ARTIST LILI LAKICH began working with neon 1n 1966 while still a student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Turning away from traditional art school curricula and concerns led her to the bright lights that had intrigued her as a child during numerous cross-country car trips with her family. She had always loved to draw and upon discovering that neon is essentially drawing with light, Lili felt as if she’d unlocked both the secret to the universe as well as her own creativity. In 1981, she founded the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) in Los Angeles to exhibit, document, restore and preserve the neon and electric art forms that are rarely shown in galleries and museums, including some of the very signs that inspired her own love for the medium. Lakich’s illuminated sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the U.S. Europe, Japan and Canada. Her public art commissions include L.A. Angel at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, Guardian at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach and Flyaway at the Van Nuys FlyAway, Van Nuys, CA. The author of Neon Lovers Glow in the Dark and LAKICH: For Light. For Love. For Life., she also teaches neon design in her studio in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.