Artist Bio

Karen Hochman Brown [American, b.1958] is a Los Angeles-based photographer using software to manipulate her photographic images. In her signature style, Hochman Brown bends nature photographs into multi-layered kaleidoscopic constructs. The work is sensitive to the inherent beauty of the subjects as she strives to magnify that quality through focus and repetition. The resulting geometric forms resonate in harmony and discord, creating unique energies. Other work includes a process she calls synthesized photography. The work is a collaboration between her vision and the possibilities available through the pallet of graphics software.

Hochman Brown studied art at Pitzer College, California College of Art and Art Center College of Design, but self-developed her processes through experimentation, relying heavily on skills learned as a graphic designer. Inspirations include Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Frank Stella and the Geometric Abstraction movement.

Hochman Brown has had solo shows with Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, Santa Barbara, CA, Gallery 825 and TAG Gallery Los Angeles, California Center for Digital Art, Santa Ana, CA, The Gallery at Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia, CA, Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ.  She has participated in numerous group shows in the Los Angeles area and throughout the United States.

Curriculum Vitae

Exhibition History can be found on the Exhbitions Page

  • 2007-09  ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA
  • 1992-2003  UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, Continuing Education
  • 1996  Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
  • 1991  Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1981-83  California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, Art Teaching Credential
  • 1979  Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, B.A. in Art
  • 1977  California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Special Projects and Commissions
  • Through the Eyes of Artists poster series, LA Metro, Los Angeles, CA
  • She Loves Me, Set Design, JFed Players, Pasadena, CA
  • Fools, Set Design, JFed Players, Pasadena CA
  • A Little Night Music, Set Design, JFed Players, Pasadena CA
  • 2018  Crowell Public Library, San Marino, CA
  • 2016  The Gallery at The Arboretum Library, Arcadia, CA
Press and Publications
  • Art and Cake, “Anonymous@theBeach is the perfect summer exhibition,” June 27, 2019
  • Full Blede, “ISSUE EIGHT: Interpenetrate,” April 2019
  • Art and Cake, “Shoreline Symmetry: Seas Both Fragile and Grand,” September 26, 2018
  • AEQAI, “Karen Hochman Brown Shows Us the Beauty of Math in ‘Botanic Geometry,’” March 2018
  • Full Blede, “ISSUE FOUR: The Pattern,” March 2018
  • Art and Cake, “Botanic Geometry with Karen Hochman Brown,” March 19, 2018
  • KCRW Design & Architecture “5 design things to do this week,” March 26, 2018
  • Diversion LA, “Inward and Outward: The Kaleidoscopic Art of Karen Hochman Brown,” December 30, 2017
  • JLife Magazine, “Karen Hochman Brown: How One Local Artist Creates & Inspires,” July 2017 Issue
  • Sunrise Spotlight on Karen Hochman Brown, Artist, Crown City News, Pasadena, CA, September 19, 2016
  • 365 Days Artists, “Karen Hochman Brown-Altadena California,” Oct 17, 2015
Representation & Affiliation
  • TAG Gallery
  • Los Angeles Art Association
  • Pasadena Society of Artists 
  • Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • Shoebox PR, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jewish Artists Initiative
  • Women’s Caucus for Art
  • 2019  James Ackley McBride Landscape Award, 94th Annual Juried ExhibitionPasadena Society of Artists
  • 2018  Honorable Mention, “Vibrant”, N.Y. Photo Curators
  • 2016  Honorable Mention, Awarded by Spotlight Art Solo Exhibition, International Gallery of the Arts, Toronto, Canada
  • Construction Geometry via Art, Waldorf School, Altadena, CA, 1994
  • Construction Geometry via Art, Arts Magnet High School, Oakland, CA, 1981-1983
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