Born in the Bronx, NY, Karen was heavily influenced by the NY art scene, hanging out in clubs with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring in the 80’s. She apprenticed under artist, Marylyn Dintenfass and was greatly influenced by her thematic color schemes and work practice. Karen attended Syracuse University as a painting major, where she received a BFA in painting including a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art, London, UK, where she first started creating photograms under the same professors that worked with Gilbert and George and showing her paintings in New York.
Karen has been working as a painter, photographer, window dresser and graphic designer creating window designs for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn Stores and major music labels as well as design for licensed products for Kraft Foods, Simon Malls, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Imax, Cartoon Network and Gameboy after receiving a second degree in Graphic Design.
“I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I've worked in all these areas professionally, and draw from their current trends. My artistic process, allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive statement and image.”
Currently, Karen has been active in the Los Angeles Arts District, exhibiting frequently and pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography, producing large scale, life size, on-of-a-kind photograms using a variety of techniques, creating imagery as no one has done before. She has also bent the norms on the traditional “rectangle on the wall” by creating unique, 3D modular art.
“Some of her most brilliant and exclusive works remain in private and corporate collections.”
- Warren Pickard – HNW Gallery
“Seeing your work installed at this exhibition meant more to me than the digital submission; I liked it even more.”
- Edward Goldman – Art Critic, National Public Radio & Huffington Post
BFA Syracuse University
St. Martins School of Art, London, UK
Los Angeles, CA & Dallas, TX offices
& Private Collections
Absolut Finkel - photogram - 60”x80”
One Day - photogram with acrylic paints - 64”x80"
Protest - photogram with Sharpie - 64”x100”
Boy - photogram - 64”x80”
Amen - photogram with china marker - 80”x64”
Election Day - photogram - 130”x84
Moonage Daydream - photogram - 100”x64”
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Carpazine Art Magazine Issue Number 38 Featuring Doug Firmino! More: Sherry Karver, Valerie Patterson, Randi Matushevitz, Dominick Conde, Fernando Carpaneda, Melinda R. Smith, Collin J.Rae, Milwaukee Graffiti, Somos/We Are: Latinx Artists of Long Island at The Long Island Museum, The Hive Gallery: Line 12, The Sisters and many more!