Photograph by Nina Reistad
American engraver and painter Mary Eisman was born in Florida and grew up in Argentina, Aruba, Cuba and Paraguay. She lived for extended periods in the United States, Greece, Puerto Rico and Portugal. For the past 30 years she has lived and worked in her own engraving studio in the mountain village of Mijas overlooking the Costa del Sol near Malaga in Spain.
She regards herself as fundamentally self-taught although she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Engraving Workshop of the Cultural Department of Fuengirola in Spain, the Gravura Engraving Workshop in Málaga, and the Mijas Art Center.
She has participated in many group exhibitions in Málaga. Her engravings have been shown at galleries in various parts of the United States, Spain and Norway.