International Award-Winning American artist Karen Mosbacher is an abstract expressionist painter, known for the synesthetic qualities in her work. Growing up surrounded by the sounds of classical and jazz piano, and pursuing studies in classical dance and visual art, she developed an early dedication to personal creativity.
Karen is represented in Lyon, France and at JRB ART at the Elms Gallery in Oklahoma City, Farrell’s Gallery, Gallery 4945, and I.D.E.A. Galleries in Atlanta, Ojo Optique Vista Grande Public Library, and Victoria at Home in Santa Fe. Ms. Mosbacher’s work focuses in graphite, oil and cold wax on canvas, as well as acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas and panel. She is also a published author of two books, and a well-known children’s book illustrator.
Karen’s newest body of work, All. That. Jazz., exemplifies her resonance with rhythm and color. She is also is collaborating with musician Jacob Clewell, classical and contemporary violist, and The Ezra Duo, Jacob Clewell and Sasha Built-Ito, on Paint : Music, a project of painted synesthetic representations of selected classical and contemporary music works.
In Atlanta, she was honored by a mentorship and residency with a well-known southern abstract expressionist, Clara Blalock, a student of Philip Guston.
Away from the studio, Karen has volunteered for the Fragile Kids Foundation, Atlanta, Gerard’s House, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Pro Musica, and is a member of the New Mexico Committee and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe Pro Musica’s Coda Circle where she is the Artist-in-Residence, and the Graphic Artist’s Guild. She has also authored and illustrated Grief Exposed, a two-book volume of Poetic Illustrations exploring the process of grief.
Karen holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her partner Don, and canine studio assistant, Amadeus Mozart Mosbacher.