Born in Pahoa, Hawaii, Liv Johnson spent her formative years in the rural areas of the island, surrounded by the active landscapes of thick rainforests, rocky coastlines and a live volcano. In 2014 she received her BA in Art from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where she began her printmaking education in their acclaimed print studio. She received a wide range of training over the years from working under printmakers Meidor Hu, Wendy Yothers, Kevin Diminyatz, and Jon Goebel. In 2012 Liv became the Print Studio Assistant which included being a printer for the Visiting Artists Print Collection, working with artists such as Karen Kunc, Yuji Hiratsuka, and Khalid Kodi in developing and printing their editions.
In 2015 she began her MFA in Studio Art at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. During this time of completing her degree Liv worked to expand printmaking’s presence in Lubbock’s thriving art scene by curating multiple shows, establishing ties between the TTU and the UNM Print Departments, taking part in many community printmaking events and workshops, and co-organizing the 2017 Beyond Printmaking Symposium with Sang-Mi Yoo and Stacy Elko. While her primary emphasis is in printmaking, she quickly began to branch out into other mediums, developing works that explored sound, light, installation, and a wide variety of materials. This intense curiosity has continued as the core of her work, and she continues to experiment with materials, techniques and presentation in her art practice.
In May 2018 Liv graduated from Texas Tech University with her MFA in Fine Art. She now lives in Houston, TX and continues her work in printmaking as a member at Burning Bones Press.