Barbara Kolo was born and educated in New York. Having developed an appreciation for art from an early age, her interest in drawing and painting lead her to attend the High School of Art and Design, followed by the School of Visual Arts.
During the 1980’s, Kolo built a career as an award-winning art director in creative advertising for film and television. Her job brought her to Los Angeles in 1989. As an independent freelance art director, she worked directly with major film studios and design studios and became the Director of Print Advertising at Universal Studios.
Barbara Kolo’s early interest in drawing and painting has never diminished. During the early 90’s, she followed the urge to develop her own personal artistic voice and began creating her own works. Her drawings were soon being included in local and national group shows. Her focus slowly changed from commercial to fine art.
Inspired by natural forms and influenced by Impressionist, Aboriginal, and Asian art, she has developed a meditative visual language using the simplicity of dots, lines, and circles. She repeatedly hand-stamps ink or acrylic circles with different degrees of pressure, creating imperfections and variations that expose the artist’s hand. Each dot or circle is then counted with tally marks that become an integral part of the image. The total tally is the title of the work.
Kolo moved with her husband to Paris in 2000. She rented an art studio by La Bastille and participated local art exhibitions. In 2003, the couple returned to Santa Monica. Since then, Kolo’s artworks have continuously been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions. Barbara Kolo’s work is held in public and private collections in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Taiwan, Australia, and the U.A.E.
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