Marilyn Levin


Marilyn Levin

Marilyn Levin is an artist and art educator living in San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA. She received her MFA in Painting from UCLA, where she studied with Richard Diebenkorn. Levin has exhibited in the United States, Europe, and India. Her work is represented in many public and private collections as well as several museums, including The San Francisco MOMA, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Kresge Collection at Harvard University, and the Sanskriti Museum in Delhi, India.

She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Sanskriti Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has taught in the Tufts/Museum School Dual Degree program for over 25 years, as well as workshops in Massachusetts, Italy, and Mexico. Her recent work – non-traditional portraits, metallic abstractions, drop cloths, and repurposed cardboard boxes – express her reaction to difficult political times and environmental degradation.



Artist Statement

I believe that the mystery of what an artist really means plays itself out from within. So the painting grows, develops, and often changes in concept during the process of painting. During the last 6 years of political chaos, my images have become a reaction to the social turmoil and the threats to our environment.

My painting comes from a tradition of painterly abstraction. Paint application is an important part of my process and often leads to unexpected results. I build my surfaces with layers of oil paint, pour paint over these surfaces, and scrape through these layers, revealing a multitude of colors from underneath.

I hope my work evokes an emotional and intellectual response from my viewers.


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