Marianne Kolb (born 1958 in Bern) is a self-taught Swiss painter currently living in the United States. She is known for her emotionally-charged figurative paintings that address the human condition. Kolb paints directly onto canvas with her hands, placing her figures in isolation on a monochromatic, textured background. 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." Kolb's work has been located within a legacy of Northern European paintings (including artists such as Edvard Munch and Francis Bacon), 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." Kolb's work is part of the permanent collection of the Boise Art Museum.