Barbara Kolo was born and educated in New York. Having developed an appreciation for art from an early age, her interest in drawing and painting lead her to attend the High School of Art and Design, followed by the School of Visual Arts where she received a BFA.
During the 1980’s Barbara built a career as an award-winning art director in creative advertising for films and television. She is the recipient of several Key Art Awards, a Don Belding Award, and a New York Festivals Gold Medal among many others. Her career brought her to Los Angeles in 1989. As an independent freelance art director she worked directly with major film studios and design studios specializing in film advertising. In 1991, she became the Director of Print Advertising at Universal Studios.
Barbara’s early interest in drawing and painting had never diminished. During the early ’90’s, she followed the urge to develop her own personal artistic voice and began create her own works. Her focus slowly changed from commercial art to fine art and her second career was born.
This second career has developed to exhibiting nationally and internationally. This includes participating in many art fairs including: Art Hamptons, Art Market, San Francisco, Art Palm Springs, Art San Diego, Art Southampton, Art Toronto, Art Wynwood, Context Art, Miami, The Houston Fine Art Fair, The LA Art Show and Art.Fair in Cologne, Germany. Kolo’s paintings can be found in public and private collections internationally