Emma Kohlmann

Emma Kohlmann’s paintings retrace the subconscious with symbolism drawn from flora, fauna, ancient statues, figurines and mythological narratives. She creates her deeply spiritual dreamscapes on burned wood frames and inhabits them with multi-headed trees, deeply-rooted plants, angels and wondrous animals with human faces. Kohlmann’s work does not employ traditional composition or naturalistic proportions, taking away any sense of hierarchical order—plants, animals and humans coexist peacefully as they morph into interchangeable entities.


Emma Kohlmann was born in the Bronx, New York in 1989.

She received a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Solo exhibitions of Kohlmann’s work have taken place at: Jack Hanley Gallery in New York City; Nevven Gallery in Gothenburg, Sweden; Nationale in Portland, Oregon; V1 in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Kit Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.

Group exhibitions that have shown Kohlmann’s work have taken place at: the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Oregon; MOCA in Tucson, Arizona; Stems in Brussels, Belgium; and Golestani in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Kohlmann lives and works in Easthampton, Massachusetts.