Donald Kolberg was born in Levittown N.Y. 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 N.Y. and Ca. 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 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 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 create as he explores the language of art and the concept of Life Forms in figurative as well as abstract concepts.
Most recently he has renewed a friendship with international artist Harold Garde. This has allowed Donald to more deeply examine color through the creation of collage and monotypes 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. Recently he has been invited to have works included in an upcoming book, "Recycled Glass Sculpture and Design" by Cindy Ann Coldiron, published by Schiffer Publishing." Donald has also been featured in a number of online venues which have included not only his sculpture and paintings but also his original mailart.
Additional work and information can be found at www.DonaldKolberg.com