Lisa Kereszi was born in 1973 in Pennsylvania and grew up in Suburban Philadelphia to a father who ran the family auto junkyard and to a mother who owned an antique shop. In 1995 she graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor of Arts.
After college she moved to New York City and worked as an assistant to Nan Goldin. In 2000 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. She has been on the faculty there as a Lecturer since 2004, and also as Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies in Photography. She was appointed Critic and also Director of Undergraduate Studies in Art in 2013.
Her work is in many private collections and in that of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Met, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Altoids Curiously Strong Collection of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Norton Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery.
She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, where she had Winter 2005, Spring 2007, Spring 2009, and Spring 2012 solo shows.
She was included in the 2003 list of the 30 top emerging photographers by Photo District News, and was granted a commission to photograph Governor’s Island by the Public Art Fund in 2003, which culminated in shows at the Urban Center Gallery and the Mayor’s Office at City Hall and a 2004 exhibition catalog.
Three monographs are in print—one with Nazraeli Press in Fall 2009, and two with Damiani Editore: Fantasies in Spring 2008, and Joe’s Junk Yard in 2012. A follow-up artist's book was published in 2014 by J&L Books, and a curatorial project, Side Show, was on view at Yale in 2015, and the catalog published in 2016.