Denise Lisiecki was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Miami University as a psychology/pre-med major but switched to painting with a minor in English Literature. She received a B.F.A. Degree in painting at Miami University. She also attended Cleveland State University and the Kent Blossom Summer Art Program at Kent State University and spent a semester of graduate school at the University of North Dakota. She received her M.A. from SUNY Oswego. As a professional artist, Lisiecki has been represented by galleries in many regions of the United States. She has had numerous one-person exhibitions and has been included in many major group and invitational exhibitions. Her work can be found in over 50 museum and corporate collections. She has received numerous creative artist grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Her work has been reproduced in art magazines, catalogues and books. She has received public, private and corporate commissions.
Her services as a juror, lecturer and visiting workshop artist have been in demand. Currently Ms. Lisiecki teaches painting and is Director of the Kirk Newman Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.