Bio & Contact

 

I am a working painter, recently returned to Rhode Island from Chicago, where I was on staff at the MCA, was a gallery director, and a teacher. In addition to instruction from Mary Teehan, a RISD graduate and faculty member, I studied with legendary painter Marion Carey at the Art Association (now, the Art Museum of Newport). A graduate of Brown, I continued my training at the Art Students League while living in New York.

 

In Chicago, I developed a painting technique, using the wall as canvas in hundreds of commissions, private and commercial, and was known as one of “Chicago’s Very Own,” my work appearing in a televised film on WGN. In addition, I created the stage set for a performance of An American in Paris.

 

I also received a commission to do extensive painting and indoor murals, based on themes and characters from children’s literature, for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. My work “The Sky Always Surprises Us With Its Height”, opened the staff show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. My canvases, murals, painted furniture, and conceptual pieces are in private collections. Above all, I am a narrative painter, telling a story with paint on canvas, walls, and furniture.

 

For inquiries, please contact marakoppel@gmail.com.