A native New Yorker, b. 1936, Marilyn Sontag attended college and university at Queens College in New York and later in New Mexico, and received an MA in Art from Hunter College in New York City, where she studied with Fritz Bultman, Richard Lippold, and Robert Motherwell. In addition to her artistic practice, Sontag is also an art educator, and has taught in Germany, Italy and at Baruch College. A true proponent of the arts, she has also been an active curator and contributor to the larger arts community. She served as coordinator and curatorial supervisor of exhibitions at Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space in Tribeca, has been a member of the board of New York Artist Equity Association since 1998, and has been associated with many Arts for Art Vision Festivals, participating as an artist and collaborating curator in the NYC based internationally known annual festivals.
Sontag’s mixed media works combine a wide range of materials, including paper, mesh, wire, ink, maps, with painting to create layered, multifaceted pieces. She often integrates sharp geometric lines with organic shapes and striking color, revealing the hand of the artist. The resulting work takes viewers on an optical journey as ones eyes are guided through the work, following andresting on visual cues to contemplate the dimensional space she has created.
Her works have been extensively exhibited and collected in galleries, educational, and cultural institutions in Europe, Asia, and the United States, as well as being held in anumber of private collections.