"Mariko Frost bounces around the real and the hyper-real world. Even before cell phones apps augmented reality, Frost was seeing reality bend and twist in her paintings. Not to the point of surrealist dreamscapes, but rather a world with a hint of magic occurrences. Her world is more subtle bending of reality, thus her brand of representation isn't about just coping a person or thing, but rather the essence embodied in her subjects."
Born in St. Louis Missouri, Frost spent her formative years in Austin, Texas where she became steeped in the mixture of southern hippie-geek aesthetic that is unique to Austin. She holds a BFA from The University of Texas at Austin, an MFA from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, and a UX Design diploma from the New York University School of Professional Studies. She lives and works in New York City.
Mariko's work can be seen on permanent display at the University of North Texas Art in Public Places Collection. She has exhibited internationally in gallery and juried shows, was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize, and a winner of the Voertman Prize. She has taught drawing, figure drawing, and painting . She has been an Associate Professor with Collin Community College and an Adjunct Professor with The University of North Texas College of Visual Art and Design.
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