Lisa Michl is a celebrated Kokoberrin artist from Central Western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland Australia. Lisa is of the Kokoberrin language group and her homelands on her mother’s and grandmother’s side are known as Pinnarinch and stretch between Staaten River National Park in the south and north to Nassau River, including Wyabba Creek and Dorunda Lodge area.
Lisa has been practising visual arts for 22 years and over this time her works have been inspired by her memories of time spent on country with her Kokoberrin family. Her artworks play an instrumental role in documenting and maintaining Kokoberrin stories for future generations. Over her career Lisa has maintained a successful aboriginal owned and operated creative enterprise and has recently re-established her business Cape York Designs to the company Cape York Art. Much of her success can be attributed to the ongoing support from her family guidance from her elders and the mentoring she has received around business management and artistic skills development. Lisa is now a mentor and adviser to fellow emerging Indigenous artists of the Far North Queensland region.
In June 2019 Lisa was awarded a Queens Birthday Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her outstanding contribution to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Cultural Sector.