BIO Granddaughter of artist Ruth Asawa, Lilli Lanier was born and raised in San Francisco. She attended the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and graduated from California College of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Lilli works in a variety of mediums and specializes in large-scale origami portraits. Her work has been shown at a variety of venues, including the Oakland Museum of California and SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. For the past twenty years, Lilli has taught art in public schools, museums, libraries and community centers as well as for the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center and the Alameda County Office of Education. In 2018, she was honored by the Golden State Warriors with the NBA Community Playmaker Award in recognition of her positive impact on the community..