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About

SERENA KABAT-ZINN was born in 1983 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Serena is a figure painter, who shows the natural side of existing in a body. She went to high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts where she majored in oil painting. Later she attended San Francisco Art Institute. Her large scale figurative paintings are an exploration of visceral memory. They focus on the relationship between the viewer and the subject(s), seeing and being seen, feeling and being felt. The bodies often disappear into line, from thick painterly strokes, as if it is too uncomfortable to take up space on the paper. She currently lives and works in Northampton Massachusetts. "Her work is comparable to Alice Neel, Gustav Klimt, and Egon Schiele. The muted color palette and forms sit in a relaxed way, almost like a mirror looking upon it's viewers, and speak out in a kind and generous way: 'Are you human like me? Do you see yourself?'" - Nicole Cohen, artist/ curator, NYC