Kim Kissinger Marino


St. Louis, MO

Kim Kissinger Marino Biography


Kim Kissinger Marino is an artist living and working in Saint Louis, Missouri. She moved to St. Louis in 2015, from Champaign, Illinois. Her art practice is devoted to landscape and abstraction, both through her series of spiritual internal LifeScapes paintings and also her environmental landscapes.

In 2017, after an art sabbatical at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico her Lifescape series evolved. It features pure abstract painting. She is devoted to the study of spirituality in art and life and explores such topics as moments in time and personal spirituality through her art practice.

Marino received a BA in Art and Design from Brescia College in Owensboro Kentucky and was a graduate student in Fiber Art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois.

In addition to being a visual artist Kim has taught classes in her studio to elementary age students, including clay animation, printmaking, quilt making, basic design and others. She was curator of 2 exhibits of her student’s work and assisted with the University of Illinois School of Art and Design on an area High School Art Exhibit. 

Her love of art education is also expressed in previous lecturing to home school groups on such topics as Animal Symbolism in Medieval Art , The Life of Leonardo DaVinci and Islamic Art and Geometric Design. In addition, she previously has been a docent at the University of Illinois’s Krannert Museum, Urbana, Illinois focusing on programming and tours for Kindergarden-2nd grade children.

In 2012, Marino was selected to attend a Professional Development Workshop sponsored by Creative Capital of New York in conjunction with the Chicago Artist Coalition. In addition, she was awarded a 30 day Artist’s Residency for October, 2012 at The Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, Illinois and in 2014 spent a 7 week self directed painting sabbatical at the Brooklyn Art Space in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, she was awarded a 2 week residency at the A.I.R. Studio in Paducah, Kentucky where she explored the spiritual nature of the Ohio River resulting in a large 7' painting entitled: The Future is Now.

Her work has been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Rochester, NY, St. Louis, MO., University City, MO, Champaign, IL, Urbana, IL, Carbondale, IL, Peoria, IL, Macomb, IL, Evansville, IN, Paducah, KY, Owensboro, KY, and Albuquerque, NM.

Public/Community Art:

In 2017, after moving to Saint Louis, Missouri, Marino was commissioned to paint two utility boxes as part of a city beautification program: Olive Blvd Beautification Project, sponsored by University City, MO and University City Gardens in Bloom. Her public paintings featured whimsical abstract figures. She was awarded the People Choice Award for design titled: "The Same only Different 2".

In 2013, she had a solo exhibit and on-site community project at the indi go gallery in Champaign, Illinois. She executed a 3′ X 12′ mural on site and invited the community to follow the process either in person or through her blog.

In 2012, she executed a large community project titled: 150 Paintings: A Community Project: Interactive Mural. This work consisted of 150, 4″x 4″ oil paintings. The exhibit at the Wind, Water and Light Gallery was designed so that the viewer could create new designs by rearranging the canvases.


Recent Selected Exhibitions


Kim Kissinger Marino, Solo Exhibit: Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, May, 2019


Driven to Abstraction IV, group exhibit, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO, January, 2019


Open Studio: New Works, St. Louis, Missouri, November, 2018


St. Louis Art Guild Collectors Choice XVIII: November, 2018


Mix-It Up: Mixed Media group exhibit, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2018


Open Studio: New Works, St. Louis, Missouri, March, 2018


MySlart exhibit, Webster Gallery, Group exhibit February & May, 2016, St. Louis, MO.


Open Studios STL, sponsored by St. Contemporary Art Museum, October, 2015


Summer Salon, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, July, 2014


70th Annual South Shore Art Salon, September 15-October 28, 2013, Munster, IN,

Merit Award Winner, Juror: Paul Klein, Chicago, Illinois.



Studio Visits: Marino is available for studio visits at her studio in the Soulard Fine Arts building in St. Louis, Missouri.

Please contact her for or 217-419-2234.

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