"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 southern hippie–geek culture that is unique to the region. 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 NYU's 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 is also involved in teaching and mentorship. She has taught Information Architecture and Interaction Design as a Visiting Assistant Professor with Pratt; drawing, figure drawing, and painting as an Associate Professor with Collin Community College; and as an Adjunct Professor with The University of North Texas College of Visual Art and Design.
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