Lava Thomas is a native of Los Angeles, California. She was educated at UCLA's School of Art Practice and California College of the Arts, where she received her BFA. Her diverse artistic practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and installations. Her work has been exhibited at various institutions including: the Museum of the African Diaspora in SF, the International Print Center in NY, the Betty Rymer Gallery at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles, the Riverside Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado, Paulson Bott Press, Wight Gallery at UCLA, the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Berkeley Art Center and in the collection of the United States Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa. Thomas is a Djerassi Resident Artists Program Fellow. She is a former board member of the Djerassi Residents Artists Program and the Alliance of Artists Communities.