My paintings are figurative abstractions of either the human form or a specific place. I work from my own source material: photographs, sketches and plein air renderings of things I see on my travels. I translate this material into oil paintings over the course of many months in my studio. During the painting process the original object becomes obscured and less important, allowing something new and separate to emerge. The final painting is a record of my relationship to the process of painting itself, and marks the moment where subject becomes object and is ready for connection with the viewer.
Originally from Germany with a background in architecture and art, Katja Leibenath has been painting in San Francisco since 2006.
Her work is part of public and private collections internationally and has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta, in addition to San Francisco.