Marina Adams (born 1960) utilizes a distinct palette of rich, saturated hues to create biomorphic forms that undulate and press together with pulsating energy. Sampling motifs from textile design, architecture, and postmodern poetry, as well as Moorish mosaics like the tessellated walls in the Alhambra palace in Grenada, Spain, Adams responds to color and form as she paints, resulting in a rhythmic relationship between the two. When speaking about her work, Adams has said that abstraction creates space for thought, rather than dictating it; it opens up the opportunity for experience.
Marina Adams received her BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her MFA from Columbia University. Her work was recently featured in Affinities for Abstraction: Artists on Eastern Long Island, 1950 to 2020 at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY and FOCUS: Marina Adams at the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth. Her work resides in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Longlati Foundation, Shanghai, among others. In 2016, Adams received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and in 2018, she received the Award of Merit Medal for Painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Adams currently lives and works in New York and Parma, Italy.