Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Marianne Blandís art career began in 1998 when she started her own mural painting business at the age of 16. She has a BFA in Painting & Drawing from California College of the Arts and has also studied abroad in Marseille, France.
Marianne was selected as a large heart artist by San Francisco General Hospital Foundation in 2011. In 2008, she was commissioned by the city of San Bruno to paint a 50' "History of Transportation" mural. Blandís paintings have been exhibited throughout Northern California at venues including Stanford University and City Art Gallery in San Francisco. She currently lives in Sacramento with her husband and dog, Chester.
I paint urban landscapes to document stages in an ever-changing tapestry. My favorite subject, San Francisco, is a romantic metropolis- a dense concentration of diverse individual experiences occurring simultaneously in a public space. I‚Äôm fascinated by the city‚Äôs harmony of contradictions- how it can be both personal yet impersonal, welcoming yet frightening, dirty yet vibrant. I explore these connections in colorful nightscapes.
Night scenes encourage us to look at our surroundings and their inhabitants- ourselves and our neighbors- more closely, and in a new light. By creating scenes that hint at movement, I am illustrating the city itself as a temporal canvas- not just the space in which this moment happened, but as the space in which innumerable moments have happened and will happen in the future.