Lydia Emily, aka Lydia emily Archibald, is a street artist, muralist, and oil painter. Her signature style is realistic oil portraits with political and current themes. Her portraits are always painted on the Sunday New York Times sealed to canvas. She then translates her oil paintings into large murals in cities like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Lydia Emily is considered one of few prominent and prolific female street artists in a predominantly male field. In 2012 Lydiaemily founded The Karma Underground or TKU a not for profit that advocates for a free Tibet.
Lydia Emily was born in Chicago, The youngest of two, but has lived in cities all over the world, including Berlin, Istanbul, New Orleans, and New York. She has lived in Los Angeles since 2002 where she is raising her two daughters, her youngest has autism, and works out of her studio in Pasadena, CA. She is currently being treated for Multiple Sclerosis.
Her work has been featured nationally and worldwide, with shows in Milan, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco. Lydia Emily has done Murals for Gucci charity Chime For Change and The Weinstein Company film Fruitvale Station the Oscar Grant Story.
In 2010 Lydia Emily was featured on Voice of Art with Pharrell Williams. GALLERIES/MUSEUMS Include: Museum Of Latin American Art, LALAGallery, La Luz De Jesus Gallery LA, Red Bull Gallery, Scope Gallery Miami,Lab Art Gallery Los Angeles, ArtShare LA Gallery, Paint Berlin Germany. Pop-up Galleries in Washington DC, Milan Italy and Haiti. Lydia Emily has done murals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Phoenix, Oakland, Saint Thomas USVI, Washington DC, Private collectors include Bob Dole and the Winston Churchill Family.
In 2009, Lydia Emily was diagnosed with cervical and uterine cancer. She was treated at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA, and has been symptom free since 2010. In 2012, Lydia Emily was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After multiple hospitalizations, friends and patrons, Scott Hornbacher and Matt Weiner, creators of Mad Men (series), were able to get her into the care of Matt Weiner's father, Dr. Leslie Weiner, head of the Multiple Sclerosis Department at USC. She is currently under Dr. Weiner's care.