“My work unfolds in the landscape of memory, where time collapses, porous and liquid, into magnificent realities.”
Keren Kroul of Minneapolis, MN, works with watercolor on paper to create large-scale paintings and installations. Born in Haifa, Israel, she was raised in Mexico City, Mexico, and San José, Costa Rica. Kroul holds a BA in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (1996) and an MFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY (2001). She teaches Spanish, painting, art and design. Her intricate, colorful and multilayered large-scale watercolor paintings on paper are inspired by memory, identity and nature.
“My work unfolds in the landscape of memory, where time collapses, porous and liquid, into magnificent realities. Examining identity through storytelling and place, my work features organic formations, architectonic structures and dense pulsating networks. I mine my multicultural, transnational and multilingual upbringing, along with inherited family histories of grief and hope, for fragmented memories that hold a part of my identity. ”
Kroul exhibits regionally and nationally, most recently at Bemidji (MN) State University (2019); Great River Arts, Little Falls, MN (2019); Wheaton College, Norton, MA (2019); Spartanburg (SC) Art Museum (2018); Arts Center of Saint Peter, St. Peter, MN (2018); Gallery St. Germain, St. Cloud, MN (2018); and Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI (2017). She is a recipient of 2015, 2017, and 2019 Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her work has been featured in MN Original, TPT-Twin Cities PBS (2016) and in print publications such as Paint Lab, Color Lab, Tangled Art and New American Paintings. Kroul has participated in the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Exhibition Series at the Rochester Art Center and was a finalist in the 2D Juried Category at ArtPrize in 2016.
Keren Kroul is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.