Nissa Kauppila was born in Vermont. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont.
Kauppila's immersion in Chinese painting has awakened a sense of fragility; her work explores the use of line and color as tendrils of tension while embodying a sense of wonderment for the natural and industrial worlds. She challenges the notion of context, forcing the viewer to confront the abrupt beauty of life and death through the explosive movements in color, line and depth.