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Colette Wirz

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SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

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    Inspired by my fascination with nature, I juxtapose birds, fish, shells, flowers, people, and landscapes in a variety of environments, offering viewers a glimpse into my dreams and imagination. My work expresses the beauty and nobility I see within all life, no matter at what level it may occur. My paintings capture a delicacy, and at the same time, a boldness in form. 

    For me, painting always begins with intense observation of the subject matter. This began as a child, when I would find myself mesmerized by the beauty of the cherry blossoms in my grandfather’s backyard. Every flower caught my attention and each falling petal fired my imagination. The blossoms created a fantasy world. There is a magical world that I discover whenever the sun catches each petal of a cherry blossom

    My artist eye is always filled with such wonder when I really admire the beauty of nature and my surroundings.  I try to find beauty wherever I look.  Whether it is a rusty New York City stairway, or a wall that has peeled paint that gives the illusion of the ancient world.  The imperfections of nature is beauty in my vision.  Each petal or leaf is unique and different.  I am captured by it’s shape, color, and movement.




1996- 2004 Arts Students League of New York 

1996  International School of Art in Umbria Montecastello, Italy 

1994- 1996/ 2000- 2001 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

    -BFA in Painting and Drawing 

 1993-1994 School of the Arts at the State University of New York at Purchase 


Art Residencies 

2004 Vermont Studio Center 

Professional Art program in Painting and Drawing 

2000 Ox- Bow Art Residency in Michigan 

Professional Art program in Painting and Drawing 

1999 Peters Valley Arts and Crafts Residency in New Jersey 

Professional Art program in Painting 

1998 Art Students League Summer Art Program at Bard College 

Professional Art program in Painting 

1996 International School of Art in Umbria Montecastello, Italy 

Professional Program in Painting and Drawing 


Teaching Experience

2006- 2009- The Art Studio NY 

    Art Instructor 

     Artist in Residency 

    Program Developer 

2001- 2005 The Long Island Children’s Museum 

    Artist in Residency 

    Program Developer 





2013 Maple Grove Center, Kew Gardens New York

2012 Connection 8 George Segal Gallery, Montclair, N.J

2011 Gracie Square Art Show, New York, NY

2010 Exposure at Essential Anniversary Event- Icosahedron Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY

2007 Long Island Children's Museum, Garden City, New York 




Recent Exhibits

Colette Wirz participated in these exhibits:

May, 2010 Exposure at Essential Anniversary Event
Icosahedron Gallery
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