Lydia Maria Pfeffer is a Painter, who is currently a MFA candidate of the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC). Born and raised in a small mountain village in Austria, Pfeffer grew up with art and music as leisurely, everyday activities, more in the form of tradition than academic training. Pfeffer began traveling the world early, settling first in London and later in New York where she also began to study art. Pfeffer came to painting via music and performance. These influences, along with her intense experience as a bartender, can be seen in her theatrical approach to painting. She takes her cue from personal experience with pagan (now Christianized) traditions, such as the “Krampus”, masquerades, fairy- and folk tales, myths, celebratory events and bar life from around the world to create morally ambiguous personal epics.