Ameera Pernebsati Lys, f.k.a. Cindy L. Lys (she/her/hers) is a Haitian-American fiber and mixed media artist creating with textile design, indigo, Japanese Shibori, collage, stamping, painting, ink, sculpture, quilting, jewelry design, photography and graphic design. Ameera’s work is inspired by her Haitian heritage, traditional African culture and spirituality, and the injustices of racism.
She has taught indigo and shibori classes for over 7 years at various arts institutions such as Hyde Park Art Center, Riverside Arts Center and Marwen. She has created and facilitated trainings and workshops on social equality and expressive arts at the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Pivot Collaborative, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, EL Education and guest lectured at the School of the Art Institute. Ameera has worked collaboratively on community arts projects with the Museum of Science and Industry and the Haitian American Museum of Chicago.
Ameera was born and raised in Chicago and has her B.A. from Carleton College and M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work. Ameera is an initiate of Kemetic and Dogon philosophy, healing and spirituality at The Earth Center.