Collection: Karen Mosbacher

 EMMY® AWARD winning and Internationally known American artist Karen Mosbacher is a multidisciplinary artist, known for the synesthetic qualities in her work.

Karen currently exhibits at Auric Gallery in Colorado Springs, I.D.E.A. Gallery in Atlanta, JRB ART at the Elms Gallery in Oklahoma City, and Victoria at Home in Santa Fe. Mosbacher's focus is painting, mixed media, encaustic works, sculpture, and installation work. She is also visiting faculty with Colorado College, where she teaches painting music and expression through color.

Recently, Mosbacher was entered into The National Library of Israel, located in Jerusalem, which is dedicated to the preservation of Jewish culture, alongside Dr. Ofer Ben-Amots for her paintings of many of his compositions. She was chosen to create paintings for a CD cover for Dr. Ben-Amots and Dr. Jennifer Barker, Ireland.

Mosbacher leads the Multae Manus (Many Hands) Collective mentoring new and emerging artists to elevate their own artwork. Mosbacher's upcoming works are collaborative in nature and will present throughout 2024 in varying cities. Her recent work is painting live with emerging and professional musical groups.

Collateral BEAUTY is Mosbacher's politically stoked cry for the halt of silent abusive relationships. In November 2023, Mosbacher exhibited the first of the series, “No More Silence,” which relates to speaking out about silent abuse in relationships both romantic and otherwise. 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. Jerry Saltz, Lead Art Critic for New York Magazine, and her friend, told Mosbacher how very important this work is for her to continue. Her work for justice has shown in Toronto, Canada, and the US. 

Beginning in 2018, the body of work, All.That.Jazz. was welcomed by her gallery 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 violinist and violist, and The Ezra Duo (Toronto, Canada), Jacob Clewell and Sasha Built-Ito, on Paint:Music, a project of painted Chromaeasthetic 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 and will complete a residency in Santa Fe, NM in 2024 with her encaustic mentor, Paula Roland, as well as one in Florence, Italy in November 2024.

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 National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center, Denver Art Museum, Site Santa Fe, and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. Karen served on Santa Fe Pro Musica’s Coda Circle Committee 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. She lives and works with her canine studio assistant, Ruby, in Colorado Springs, CO.

Karen Mosbacher Website - The Alchemy of Gesture Artist Talk - Collateral BEAUTY: Part One, No More Silence Artist Talk