Marianne Kolb

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Marianne Kolb (born 1958 in Bern) is a self-taught[1] Swiss painter currently living in the United States. She is known for her emotionally-charged figurative paintings[2] that address the human condition. Kolb paints directly onto canvas with her hands, placing her figures in isolation on a monochromatic, textured background.[3] The artist has stated that the imagery, "derives from direct observation of individuals transmuted by her own feelings which become fully known to her during the painting process."[4] Kolb's work has been located within a legacy of Northern European paintings (including artists such as Edvard Munch and Francis Bacon[4]), although journalist and art critic Daniella Walsh describes Kolb’s work as exhibiting a "quieter, inner angst…..To the enlightenment or distress of her audience, Kolb paints the soul."[5] Kolb's work is part of the permanent collection of the Boise Art Museum.


  • 2017 Competition Winner, Pacific Coast #127, New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition
  • 2013 Competition Winner, Pacific Coast #103, New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition
  • 2003 Honorable Mention, Showcase 2003, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
  • 2002 Eureka Fellowship Award Nominee, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  • 2001 INSITE Award Nominee, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
  • 2001 Residency, Feb-March, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
  • 2000 Residency, January–February, The MacDowell Colony Peterborough, NH
  • 2000 Silver Medal, The Amsterdam Art Exhibition & Contest, San Francisco, CA
  • 1998 Purchase Award & Honorable Mention, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA
  • 1993 Honorable Mention, Matrix International, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA


  1. ^ Seed, John (February 15, 2017). "Marianne Kolb: Deep Emotions, Common Emotions". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  2. ^ Graves, Jeremy (2011). New Images of Man and Woman. pp. 21–25.
  3. ^ Walsh, Daniella (February 2010). "Continuing and Recommended Exhibitions". Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Selz, Peter (2013). Marianne Kolb: Silent - Anticipation. Sue Greenwood Fine Art. pp. All – via
  5. ^ Walsh, Daniella (September 2010). "Marianne Kolb at Sue Greenwood Fine Art". Retrieved February 18, 2017.