The Art of Marta Gottfried Wiley
Marta Gottfried’s art and personality plainly reveal the inspiration for many of her pieces. Gottfried was formally trained at Otis Parsons School of Design and lists her grandmother, also an artist, as a creative influence. Her imagery is as captivating as the artist herself.
Strongly influenced by the Impressionist painters of the late 19th Century, she began selling her paintings while still in high school. Gottfried's work seduces the viewer into an alluring world of romantic figurative. Figures float weightlessly out of dreamlike backgrounds. The subtle range of soft tones accented with a touch of gilding are the trademark of Gottfried’s style. She particularly enjoys painting surreal landscapes, animals and dancers imbued in soft, soulful tones. Well versed in numerous mediums, Gottfried says, “I paint because it hurts not to. Pain is in the word painting.”
Gottfried was born in Mexico City and raised in an artistic household where visits by icons such as Frida Kahlo were common. She is of Irish, Cherokee and European descent and in addition to being an artist, she is a singer and songwriter and is passionately involved with the conservation of the environment.