Barbara Kolo was born and educated in New York. Having developed an appreciation for art from an early age, her interest in drawing and painting lead her to attend the High School of Art and Design, followed by the School of Visual Arts. She received her BFA from SVA.
During the 1980's Barbara built a career as an award-winning art director in creative advertising for films and television. It was this career that bought her to Los Angeles in 1989. As an independent freelance art director she worked directly with major film studios and design studios specializing in film advertising. In 1991 she accepted the position of Director of Print Advertising at Universal Studios.
Barbara's early interest in drawing and painting had never diminished. During the early '90's, she followed the urge to develop her own personal artistic voice and began create her own works. Her drawings were soon being included in local and national group shows. Her focus slowly changed from commercial art to fine art.
The artist moved with her husband to Paris, France in 2000. She rented an art studio by La Bastille, and participated in "Genie de la Bastille" an event similar to the Venice Art Walk in California. Her paintings were part of several group exhibitions in France including one at the Palais des Art in Marseilles. After the couple returned to Santa Monica, Barbara re-established herself in the local art community with a new body of work.
Barbara is a member of LAAA 825 Gallery, and is represented by Fresh Paint Art Advisors and Soho Myriad. Her paintings have exhibited in the Los Angeles area at numerous venues including Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, Loft at Liz’s, Artspace Warehouse, Gallery Y, University of Southern California Irvine, Moorpark College, and LAX & Ontario International Airports. She has participated in the San Diego Contemporary Art Fair and the Affordable Art Fair, Los Angeles.
Rebecca Wilson, director at Saatchi Gallery, London has included Barbara’s work in many collections for Saatchi Online.
Artslant the #1 Contemporary Art Network placed Barbara Kolo on their Showcase Watchlist of emerging artists.