Marisa Rheem is a Contemporary Figurative acrylic painter with a concentration on street fashion. Born in 1989 in Washington D.C., she currently resides in the Bay Area and works out of her studio at Jackknife Studios in Oakland, CA. She is also a part-time art consultant at a pop art gallery in the Financial District of San Francisco. In 2014, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Marisa has received awards for her paintings and has had her artwork displayed in multiple juried group shows, public collections, as well as, two solo exhibitions. 


In November 2019, Marisa debuted her series “Impermanent Fascination,” her first solo exhibition which premiered at Jackknife Gallery in Oakland. Her second solo exhibition, "Momentary Captivation,” was displayed at the International Art Museum of America in San Francisco from November 2 - December 28, 2020. 


Two of her paintings were accepted into the de Young Museum for a juried group show titled, "de Young Open,” from October 10, 2020 - January 3, 2021. Marisa also participated in a pop-up show with Jackknife Gallery at Flax Art & Design in Oakland from October 10 - December 31, 2020. This year she will be exhibited in a juried group show at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery titled, “Slice of Life,” from February 9 - March 5, 2021. She has a solo show at Jackknife Gallery in August 2021.



Washington D.C.





Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM, BFA, Studio Arts


Solo Exhibitions


Momentary Captivation, International Art Museum of America, San Francisco, CA,  juried



Impermanent Fascination, Jackknife Gallery, Oakland, CA



Group Exhibitions 


(January) Slice of Life, San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, juried



(Current) de Young Open, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA,  juried

(Current) Jackknife Gallery Pop Up Show, Flax Art & Design, Oakland, CA

Jackknife Artists Group Show, Jackknife Gallery, Oakland, CA

The National Arts Drive, RAW Artists, Jackknife Gallery, Oakland, CA

Until We Meet Again, Treat Gallery, New York, NY,  juried

What to Wear, Gestalt Projects and BG Gallery,  juried 



Industry Gallery, Gallup, NM



Bombs, Birds, & Buffaloes, Eggman & Walrus Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico Women Artists, ART123 Gallery, Gallup, NM

Visions Came on Wings of Darkness, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

16th Annual Contemporary Art Juried Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery


Real Food Nation, Santa Fe, NM


Barnes & Noble, Bethesda, MD,  juried show





Accepted into the de Young Museum's juried exhibition the "de Young Open" with over 11,000 submissions and 6,100 applicants only 762 artists were chosen.

Finalist, Introductions 2020 Exhibition, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, juried show with 100 submissions


Outstanding Work in Studio Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Special Recognition Awards, "This Can't Be Happening",  "All At Once Without Hesitation", and  "Anywhere Else But Here", 16th Annual Contemporary Art Juried Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery


Model for First Place & Best of Show, Designer Sho Sho Esquiro, Santa Fe Indian Market Contemporary Fashion Show, Santa Fe, NM


$4,000 Performing Arts Award, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM



Public Collections


Signage, Authentic Bagel Company, Oakland, CA


Business Logo, Aquarius Nation, Santa Fe, NM


Mural, Forte Supply, Boulder, CO

Business Logo, Plains Golf Club, Plains, MT

Golf Course Signage, Plains Golf Club, Plains, MT


Mural, Warehouse 21, Santa Fe, NM

Mural, Baan Rai School, Mae Sariang, Thailand



Professional Experience


Virtual Painting Tutorial, International Art Museum of America, San Francisco, CA



Art Consultant, Gefen Fine Art, San Francisco, CA


Art Consultant, Maybaum Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Gallery Administrator and Marketing Associate, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Assistant Gallery Director, Mark White Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM