Hello there, I am Lisa Maria Gierlinger, an Austrian artist. Mona is the nickname which my best friend and soulmate gave me once. I loved it so much, that I’d called myself Lisa Mona since then. Also, I like the tongue-in-cheek analogy to the famous work of Da Vinci.

I finished my master’s degree at the University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria in February 2019. My focus is on the art of animation. So, I keep myself busy with storytelling, character design and how to make unique animated films. I’d love to travel around the world and learn about new cultures and different lifestyles.

Lisa Mona's background - child on tricycle

My background

I was born and raised in a little village in Upper Austria. Since childhood, I’d started as an avid doodler. I kept up with the drawing and went to Linz. There I studied graphic design at the HTL for Graphic- and Communication Design (the Federal Secondary College of Engineering in Austria). Upon graduation, I worked at several companies as a graphic designer and web developer. I am still very passionate about developing beautiful designs, based on my practical experience. But the work in advertising agencies wasn’t quite fulfilling for me as an artist. I wanted to go even further in developing my art. This is why I decided to study again. I truly believe that the secret of success is to deeply love with all your heart what you’re creating.

As a filmmaker, I love to build up an idea from scratch to finish. I create new characters, based on the people I met every day and beyond. I dive deep into the psychology of the figure to define what a character is and how he or she has to look like. Also, I love to explore how a figure moves. Since childhood, I have been very interested in acting and how to express emotions with movement.


I’m available for freelance work, as for illustration and art direction. Shoot me an email at art@lisa-mona.at if you’d like to discuss work or tell a good joke.

Mountaineer and climbing – Lisa Mona
Another hobby of mine is mountaineering.

Jazzed about…

2d/3d animation, stop-motion, drawing people (portraits), character design, book illustrations, game art.