My artwork honors the sacrifices and celebrates the accomplishments of my grandparents and parents, refugees who migrated globally, settling and creating communities with mixed traditions. As the granddaughter of North Korean refugees on my mother’s side and a Franco Spanish refugee grandfather on my father’s side, I come from a long line of ancestors who fled from persecution. My parents came to the US undocumented to flee military dictatorships in Uruguay (my father) and Argentina (my Korean-born mother). My paintings reflect this multi-layered, complex family history of tragedy and triumph, which has instilled in me a sense of the fragile nature of life. Therefore, I paint ordinary plants, figures, and conventional objects as vibrant, colorful, and patterned scenes to show the beauty and joy in everyday occurrences and objects that are often taken for granted.

​Jennifer Lugris's award-winning work has been exhibited and published internationally. Solo exhibitions include Verge Center for the Arts, Richmond Art Center, Merced College, and Maturango Museum, among others. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Art, Design & Architecture Museum in Santa Barbara, CA and as a mural installation for the Meta Open Arts artist-in-residence program in San Francisco, CA. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is Chair of the Sierra College Art Department and currently lives in Sacramento, CA with her family, dogs, and cat.