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Kim Weissenborn is a female American artist born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1959. She comes from a family of writers, musicians and Vaudevillians. Her grandfather was the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony and her aunt was first violinist in the Palm Beach Symphony. Weissenborn has lived in New York City, Bolivia, South America and presently resides in Paris, France and Vero Beach Florida. Kim lived in New York City in In the early 1980's, graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1983 with a degree in fine art. By the early 1990's, Weissenborn was recognized for her lively watercolor paintings, with a style combining quick brush stroke and whimsical narratives.
Weissenborn married and moved to Scottsdale, Az. where she opened a public studio. In the 1990's she and her family moved to Bolivia, where she continued to paint. The native people and tropical climate inspired a brighter, more primary palette. The culture opened her awareness to extreme poverty and a simpler way of life. In 2000, she returned to America with her family and moved to Vero Beach Florida. There Weissenborn taught watercolor to adults at the Vero Beach Museum while continuing to exhibit and sell her watercolors.
After moving to Paris in 2019, Weissenborn made a commitment to push herself in a modern direction. She has become more focused on intentional story, color and abstraction. Combining her education of art with children's book illustration, Weissenborn uses mood, color, light, texture and sometimes humor, hoping to kindle the viewers appreciation for things mundane or unnoticed. Her new painting, "Time" is an example of her new direction of story telling, Unaware of our intrusion, two elderly people sleep with their companion dogs. Weissenborn has begun working in both oil and acrylic, affording her more options for reworking and discovery. Weissenborn's iconic watercolor "Melon" (1990-2017), and others which include paintings in still life, embody her transition from representational to a more narrative way of painting. Weissenborn has little interest in becoming political with her art, "Politics tend to divide people. I am most interested in bridging the gap between people by painting things about our humanity that we can all relate to. I choose things that make me giggle or things that make me pause. There is something still captivating about seeing a young mother feeding her child, something all cultures can appreciate. It is unfortunately becoming usual to see a beautiful woman at an outdoor café, while her male companions search the internet on their phones. These are the things that inspire me and hopefully inspire healthy discussion."
Weissenborn has exhibited in one man shows throughout the US and Bolivia and has plans to exhibit soon in Paris. At the age of 62, Weissenborn works every day in her West Paris studio, driven by her desire to push beyond what is comfortable, opening herself up to new possibilities with story and paint.