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BARBARA KOLO, JUDGE
Barbara Kolo was born and educated in New York.
Having developed an appreciation for art from an
early age, her interest in drawing and painting lead
her to attend the High School of Art and Design,
followed by the School of Visual Arts. She received
her BFA from SVA.
During the 1980's Barbara built a career as an award-
winning art director in creative advertising for films
and television. She is the recipient of several Key Art
Awards, a Don Belding Award, and a New York
Festivals Gold Medal among many others. Her career
brought her to Los Angeles in 1989. As an independent
freelance art director she worked directly with major film studios and design studios specializing in film advertising. In 1991, she became the Director of Print Advertising at Universal Studios.
Barbara's early interest in drawing and painting had never diminished. During the early '90's, she developed a body of work and was soon included in local and national exhibitions. This includes solo shows at The School of Visual Arts, UC Irvine and Moorpark College. Her focus slowly changed from commercial art to fine art. The artist moved with her husband to Paris, France in 2000. She rented an art studio by La Bastille and participated in "Genie de la Bastille" an event similar to the Venice Art Walk in California. While living in France she participated in group exhibitions at the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris and at the Palais des Art in Marseilles. In 2003, the couple returned to Santa Monica.
In recent years, Barbara has established her career internationally by showing in numerous exhibitions, and many art fairs including Context Art Miami, ArtHamptons, Houston Fine Art Fair, LA Art Show and Art.Fair in Cologne, Germany. Her work is represented by JanKossen Contemporary (Basel, Switzerland & New York) and Fresh Paint Art Advisors as well as Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles). She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association.
Artslant the #1 Contemporary Art Network placed Barbara Kolo on their Showcase Watchlist of emerging artists. Her work can be found in public institutions and private collections internationally.