Biography

Biography

Kim Kissinger Marino is an artist living and working in Champaign, Illinois.

Her unique and whimsical mixed media paintings explore interpersonal relationships and the simplification of visual communication. Marino’s art practice is devoted to a study of the line in art and the ways in which the most simple of marks and symbols can communicate in moving and comical ways. Her practice focuses on The Language of the Line.

For many years Marino worked as a freelance graphic designer focusing on print advertising, marketing material design and outdoor billboard design. She also worked as a computer animator creating animations for television, private and corporate clients.

In 2010, she committed herself to her art practice and began a study that involves the reinvention and exploitation a series of line characters she developed.

In 2013, she exhibited her largest project to date. The solo exhibit and on-site community project were exhibited at the indi go gallery in Champaign, Illinois. She executed a 3′ X 12′ mural on site and invited the community to follow the process either in person or through her blog: http://languageoftheline.blogspot.com. In 2012, she executed a large community project titled: 150 Paintings: A Community Project: Interactive Mural. This work consisted of 150, 4″x 4″ oil paintings so that the viewer could create new designs by rearranging the canvases.

Also in 2012, Marino was selected to attended a Professional Development Workshop sponsored by Creative Capital of New York in conjunction with the Chicago Artist Coalition. In addition, she was awarded a 30 day Artist’s Residency for October, 2012 at The Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, Illinois and in 2014 spent a 7 week self directed painting sabbatical at the Brooklyn Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.

Her works have been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Rochester, NY, Champaign, IL, Urbana, IL, Carbondale, IL, Peoria, IL, Macomb, IL, Evansville, IN, Paducah, KY, Owensboro, KY, and Albuquerque, NM.

In addition to being a visual artist Kim has taught classes in her studio to elementary age students. Classes have included clay animation, printmaking, quilt making, basic design and others. She also curated 2 exhibits of her student’s work and assisted with the University of Illinois School of Art and Design on an area High School Art Exhibit.  Her love of art education is also expressed in her lecturing to local home school groups on such topics as Animal Symbolism in Medieval Art , The Life of Leonardo DaVinci and Islamic Art and Geometric Design. She also has been a docent at the University of Illinois’s Krannert Museum.

Marino received a BA in Art and Design from Brescia College in Owensboro Kentucky. She also did graduate studies in Fiber Art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale before moving to Champaign, Illinois.