Marlene Siff was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. She was an art honors student at the eponymous High School of Music & Art (now LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts located near Lincoln Center). She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hunter College where she studied with Richard Lippold, William Baziotes, and Raymond Parker. Ms. Siff was also elected to Kappa Pi, the prestigious Honorary Arts Society.
Marlene Siff's work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Katonah Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Mattatuck Museum, the Attleboro Arts Museum, Columbia/Barnard University, the University of Texas, the Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, Eastern Kentucky University and The Capitol building in Washington D.C.
Ms. Siff’s work is also in the permanent collection of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury CT, the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport CT, B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington D.C., and in the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center at Cornell University. Her work can also be found in many private collections, including the collection of Ronnie Heyman, MoMA’s board of trustees President.
Since 2015 Marlene has been juried into 126 competitions throughout the United States and has won 38 awards.
Marlene Siff works in her home-based studio in Westport, CT.
I am concerned with communicating a sense of harmony, balance, order, and spirituality.
Every day we are confronted with the fragmentation of our non-linear lives, trying, as in a puzzle, to make the pieces fit together to make sense of it all. My paintings work on paper, and sculptures depict imagery of personal and global events and psychological issues. They are a reflection of the world we live in, expressed through geometric shapes, color, light, space, texture, edges, and movement, each interplaying with the other and engaging the viewer to participate.
The multi-dimensionality and multi-layering of my work reference what one must uncover to penetrate the illusions of reality to reach the mystery and essence of the soul.
In my former body of work entitled Elements of Peace, I embarked on a series of white paintings (in addition to the black paintings and paintings in color) that abandoned my signature bold palette. The white paintings pay homage to people who have been affected by war. White is soft, quiet, spiritual, unadorned, and full of infinite possibilities. My intention was to create an architectural space for rest, retreat, connection, reflection, and identification.
The love of my family, gardens, ballet, music, and a profound interest in world issues have always found their way into my work. In my interactive body of work 7 Finely Tuned . . . I have decided to formally bring back color and embrace music.