Donald Kolberg was born in Levittown, NY in 1951. Since graduating from high school he has been on the road, living between the east and west coast as well as spending time overseas. During that time, he attended a number of colleges in New York and California. He graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles and went on to graduate studies at Otis Art Institute also in Los Angeles. He taught at the Los Angeles School of Art and helped in the founding of Art Core, an organization dedicated to the open dialogue and display of the work of emerging artists. His association with Lydia Takeshita, a teacher at CSULA and major influence for what was later to become LA ARTCORE, allowed Donald to first truly start to grow as an artist.
While at Otis Art Institute his teacher and main influence was internationally recognized painter Arnold Mesches. Through his guidance, Donald learned the value of depth, texture and form in images and surface. Arnold stressed that questioning the development of art, as a means for learning gave you insight into your own growth. Donald incorporated this into his concept of Life Forms, the portrayal of the human figure as a landscape of life and a celebration of form.
After finishing school Donald began his travels back and forth across the United States exhibiting his paintings and sculpture works. His work as an independent television producer led him to create “Periscope Up”, a 10 part television series for PBS in PA. Donald continues to explore as he explores the language of art. His work includes steel mesh sculpture, steel ribbon sculpture, glass collage and contemporary paintings using a spray paint medium. He continues to expand on his concept of Life Forms in figurative as well as abstract concepts. He is also exploring a new concept of Deconstructing Landscapes, and has begun exhibiting these pieces.
Donald has renewed a friendship with international artist Harold Garde which has allowed him to more deeply examine color through the creation of collage and mono-types and how to employ these features in his newest sculptures. Donald’s work has been exhibited with work from the Albany Museum of Art in Ga, displayed at MOFA, The Museum of Florida Art, The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta Ga. and at the Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Fl. Donald has been included in the book, “Recycled Glass Sculpture and Design” by Cindy Ann Coldiron, published by Schiffer Publishing.” He has also been featured in a number of online exhibitions which have included not only his sculpture and paintings but also his original mailart.
Donald continues to lecture and provide seminars on Art Marketing along with his online articles on the subject on his Blog. His is also the Art Editor for TheWovenTalePress an eclectic culling of the creative web.