Kim Manfredi

IG: @kimmanfredi



2009 MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

2002 Advanced Studies in Venetian Plaster and Gilding, Sepp Leaf, New York

1988 BFA Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Cum Laude

1987 New York Studio Program, New York


2024 RUC residency, Cividate Camuno BS, Italy

2024 Vermont Studio Center, 30 day residency, recipient of the VSC Grant

2022 Anderson Ranch, Topics in Painting, Shahzia Sikander & Holly Hughes

2021 Anderson Ranch, Advanced Painting, Christina Quarles, Cathy Opie, & Helen Molesworth

2010 VCCA, Artists Residency, Amherst, VA.

2009 Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, Johnson VT.

2009 Maryland Art Place, Critics Residency Program, Curator: Vincent Katz.



2024 Forgotten Realm Asher Grey Gallery, Online Artsy

2023 Place of Wonder, Slate Contemporary, Oakland California

2011 Cells and Stars: New Paintings, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD.


2024 Tutto a Tempo: Camus Museum, Breno Italy

2023 Snapshot of Sunsets: California Abstraction Now: Royale Projects, Los Angeles CA

2022 Color: Visible Windows, Gong Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

2022 Cultural Cannibalism, CVAC, CA; Curator: Susan Myrland.

2022-3 Intersect Art Fair, Palm Springs California, Curator: Bernard Leibov.

2021 Artists Comment, Outdoor Invitational, CVAC, CA, Curator: B Schinsky

2018 Artist Council Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, CA.

2015 With Silence Comes Peace, Silber Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2010 185th Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National

Academy Museum, New York, NY.

2009 Art Miami, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Miami, FL.

2009 Sublime Structure, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2009 Conner Contemporary, Options Biennial Exhibition, Washington, DC.

2009/10 Sondheim Finalist Exhibition, Meyerhof Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2009 Landscape Biology, Hemphill Fine Arts,, Washington DC.


2024 Desert Magazine, Is Perez Road the SOHO of our desert? Kent Blackburn

2022 Palm Springs Life Magazine, Inquiring Mind: Kim Manfredi, Steven Biller

2018 The Desert Sun, Artist Council Award Exhibition

2010 The Urbanite, Cells and Stars, Cara Ober

2010 New York Times, Academy Gives Art Some Wiggle Room, Karen Rosenberg

2010 & 2012 New American Painting

2009 Art News, December 2009, Sublime Structure, by Cara Ober

2009 The Baltimore Sun, A Closer Look at a “Body Of Work”, Tim Smith

2009 The Washington Post, Options, Unexpected Possibilities, Michael O’Sullivan


2024 Vermont Studio Center VSC Grant

2021 Desert X Artists Relief Grant

2019 Board of Directors, Coachella Valley Artist Council, Professional Development

2018 Jack Farley Community Award for Painting

2010 Walter and Janet Sondheim Prize Semi Finalist

2009 Nominee, DCCA Biennial Exhibit

2008 Walter and Janet Sondheim Prize Semi Finalist

2008 Hoffberger & Polovoy Merit Awards

2007 Hoffberger & Polovoy Merit Awards

2005 Kristen Rita Strouse Foundation Artist Award


2020 - 2023: Co-Founder and Organizer of Desert Open Studios Tour

2021: Coachella Valley Art Center, Painting Instructor for Veterans

2018 - 2020: Board Member, Coachella Valley Artists Council


I use rattle can spray paint and traditional oils to create magical worlds. These artworks are inspired by walks in the desert and art history. As an Italian American, I am moved by renaissance and baroque paintings of marginalized women like Mary and Judith. The stories of these powerful women are often set in the desert. Their bravery, compassion, love, grief and endurance are the same experiences I face on sustained desert walks. My paintings are temples describing the invisible architecture of these sensations. I use framing techniques, first discovered on my studio walls, as a map to the center. Many years of yoga study has familiarized me with the systems of energy described in texts like the Bhagavad Gita, Bible and the Vedas: chakras, tree of life, the seven sacraments all provide structure for my paintings.

Chance operations are also an important part of my work. I love graffiti spray paint because it is reminiscent of my roots in Baltimore. The aerosols also points to the breath, a traditional vehicle for spirit. But most importantly, there are drips and overspray which leave residue and imbue the work with mystery, like the painting systems of Agnes Martin and Agnes Pelton. 


Kim Manfredi graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1988. She returned to MICA and graduated under the tutelage of Grace Hartigan and Joyce Kozloff earning an MFA in 2009.

After graduating, Kim was represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery and has attended residencies at RUC, Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, and Maryland Art Place. Kim shows with Slate Contemporary in the bay area. Most recently Kim was included in Tutto a Tempo at the Camus Museum in Breno Italy as well as SnapShots of Sunsets: California Abstraction Now presented by Los Angeles based Royale Projects. Kim loves her local desert community and is a founder of the annual Desert Open Studios Tour.