Born in Long Beach, CA, Lee Puffer grew up in Coastal Massachusetts and Maine, Mexico, Venezuela, and on the shores of Lake Erie in Western New York. Puffer graduated with Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media, working with Tony Oursler among others. Puffer earned and MFA with an emphasis in ceramics at San Diego State University
Lee Puffer creates life-sized figurative and kinetic sculpture in ceramic and mixed media as well as installation works. By fragmenting the human form and manipulating gesture and expression in clay, Lee Puffer’s sculpture explores emotion, politics, and relationships with humor, pathos and irony. Her background as a multimedia artist lends her sculpture immediacy and a contemporary sensibility.
Puffer has exhibited at The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, The American Museum of Ceramic Art, and The Women’s Museum of California among others. She is currently adjunct faculty at Palomar College, San Diego City College and Grossmont College.