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M. Koller

Brief Biography and Statement

Background: I moved to San Francisco in 1986. Our building got red tagged after the '89 earthquake and we moved to bedrock and sunshine on Potrero Hill. I've been a professional artist for over fifteen years.

I studied at the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon for three years. Hungering for art experience beyond the academic setting,, I went to Europe and ended up spending a year there traveling and absorbing the amazing collections of art. Looking at the actual works art of was like talking to real artists instead of reading about them. I ranged as far as Budapest in the east, northern Norway (Narvik) in the north, and Marrakesh, Morocco in the south. It was a great decision because I learned more about art in that one year than if I had spent another ten in schools.

I also studied with Chinese painter Wing K. Leong in Portland before art school, and a summer with performance artist/sculptor Chris Burden at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. My interest in computers as a possible art tool was first realised in 1984 when I took a computer animation class at UCLA. At the time we were still using IBM mainframes.

After my year in Europe I returned to the West Coast, settled in the Los Angeles area and taught myself printmaking through a combination of books, talking to every printmaker I ran across, and experimenting and printing on my own as much as possible. In the summer of '86 I worked with master printmaker Tony Zepeda from Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles.

Exhibitions: I've been a member of both the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and the California Society of Printmakers. The Portland Art Museum has one of my suites of etchings in their collection and galleries in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Seattle have bought my etchings.

Collections: Minolta, CSC Partners, Macy's, Saks, and other companies have my work in their corporate collections. Four of my metal pieces were purchased for Narita airport in Tokyo, Japan. I have created groups of etchings on commission for hotels in Japan, France, and Greece and series of reliefs for complete multi-room offices for several Bay area firms. These included single pieces as large as 4' by 6' and an 8' wide triptych. Several pieces were purchased for Donald Trumps newest condominiums in New York. Most recently, more than a dozen pieces on paper were acquired for the Spa at the Lodge at Pebble Beach

 

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