Awarded Southwest Art Magazine’s ’21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2019,’ Malena Marie is a contemporary realism painter specializing in large-scale portraits of people and animals. Born in 1991 in small-town Iowa, she began drawing on anything she could get her hands on as a small child – from a tub of butter to crayons on the wall – and quickly realized that figurative and anatomical painting came easily. The self-taught artist subsequently began selling artwork at a young age and has since developed her signature black and white style. Each painting is riddled with layers of chaotic dry brush ‘scratches’ to create imperfect surface texture and depth, all juxtaposed by blended brush strokes in the background. What resembles a photograph from afar exceeds capabilities of photography up close.
Malena Marie lives and works in her Southern California studio.