LEZA LIDOW was raised in California and New York. Her mother was born in China, daughter of a Russian diplomat. Leza's mother was an avid collector of Asian art and translated Asian poetry. She published a number of books on Chinese poetry. Leza's father was a flyer in the 1st World War. After the war he became a stunt pilot for the movies.
LEZA was raised in an environment of books; art, music and she showed an early passion for painting. After graduating from high School, she married a prominent, internationally known composer, Frederick Hollander. He wrote songs for Marlene Dietrich (Falling in Love Again) and musical scores for the movies. They had a daughter, Melodie. After three years of marriage, they divorced.
LEZA then continued her passion for painting, became a member of the American Watercolor Society, exhibiting in New York, Miami, Denver and Los Angeles, winning numerous awards. She continued her art education in Paris and Switzerland.
In 1951, she returned to Los Angeles and had a solo exhibit at Roperi's Gallery. Shortly after she married Eric LIDOW, an industrialist with whom she has two sons, Derek and Alexander.
Her work became more surreal. She exhibited paintings and gradually evolved into three-dimensional art. LEZA continues to show her paintings and sculptures in Europe, exhibiting at the Grand Palais automme in 1992 and the Societe des Artistes Francais at the Grand Palais also in 1992.
Social issues have always influenced LEZA's work, for example her monumental piece, The Chess Set (The Eternal Battle of the Sexes). The work is composed of life-size figures, half female and half male. These represent the struggle for power between men and women today. The entire set requires a space of 24 feet by 24 feet. 250,000 people around the world have seen the Chess Set.
The Chess Set was included in the French version of the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS 1995.
Another body of works is devoted to environmental issues such as smoking, gas, guzzling, drugs, save the forests, and save the coastline. This work has been shown in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Russia, Italy, Switzerland, and in France.
By the time 2005 rolled around Leza was experiencing some arthritis and a touch of osteoporosis. She refused to give up her projects and passions. She decided to make short comic films to make people laugh and carries on having a great time in life.