Shizu Saldamando is a Los Angeles-based artist who has exhibited her drawing, painting, sculpture and video work both locally and internationally. She received her B.A. from UCLA's School of Arts and Architecture and her Masters degree in art from California Institute of the Arts. She has worked as general staff for such organizations as Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Self-Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles, and Slanguage Studio in Wilmington. She is the recipient of the California Community Foundation's Fellowship for emerging artists and one of the co-founders of the artist-run cooperative Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles. She currently teaches drawing to continuation high school students in Los Angeles, and is learning to tattoo.