Shizu Saldamando was born and raised in San Francisco's Mission district and received her B.A. from UCLA's School of Arts and Architecture in 2000. In 2002 she attended ArtOmi International Artist Colony in upstate New York and in 2005 she received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has exhibited her work in both painting and experimental media exhibitions through out the country including Los Angeles', Freeways Festival of Experimental Media Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago and most recently The Phantom Sightings Exhibition at LACMA. She has worked as general staff for such organizations as Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Self-Help Graphics & Art, and Slanguage Studio in Wilmington. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.