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 shows at Cottonwood Center of the Arts, Kreuser Gallery, and G44 Gallery in Colorado Springs, Farrell’s Gallery, Gallery 4945, and I.D.E.A. Galleries in Atlanta, JRB ART at the Elms Gallery in Oklahoma City, and Victoria at Home in Santa Fe. Ms. Mosbacher’s work focuses on oil and cold wax and acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas and panel. She is also a published author of two books, a well-known children’s book illustrator, and another book expected to publish in 2023.
Karen’s newest body of work, The Alchemy of Gesture is opening in May 2022 at G44 Gallery in Colorado Springs. A documentary of her process will be presented as well as an interactive listening project alongside the paintings.
Before I Was Me has been acclaimed by Chicago Artist, Helen Dannelly, as museum worthy. Ms. Mosbacher began this body of work for herself, however quickly realizing it is for anyone who has been abused, criticized, or controlled so that they cannot be who they truly, beautifully, and deeply are.
Beginning in 2018, the body of work, All.That.Jazz. was welcomed by her galleries in Lyon, France. 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 (Toronto, Canada), Jacob Clewell and Sasha Built-Ito, on Paint : Music, Rhythm & Improv, and The Alchemy of Gesture projects of painted synesthetic representations of selected classical and new music works.
Karen’s earlier projects included the Welcome Home series, and a series entitled The Enchanted Land, both depicting synesthetic visions of scenes and observations from Karen’s return to Santa Fe after spending two years in Atlanta. While in Atlanta, she was honored by a mentorship and residency with a well-known southern abstract expressionist, Clara Blalock, a student of Philip Guston. Ms. Mosbacher was awarded an extended residency in Orquevaux, France in 2019.
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, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Karen served on Santa Fe Pro Musica’s Coda Circle and Board of Directors, and the Graphic Artist’s Guild. She has also authored and illustrated Grief Exposed, a two-book series of Poetic Illustrations exploring the process of grief.
Karen holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary, and MFA studies from the University of New Mexico. She lives and works with her canine studio assistant, Ruby Mosbacher, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.