As an Austrian American I grew up between two countries, religions and cultures. Duality forms the basis for my practice as a visual artist. He/she, black/white, gay/straight, yin/yang, positive/negative, analog/digital, visible/invisible: I am interested in the formal use of the binary as a tool to mask and reveal notions of how we occupy, perceive and interpret our world. 

I have long conversed with the concept of using positive and negative space to experience a photographic image in an unfamiliar way. My work challenges the way we see, causing us to find abstract shapes or forms in the space between. I use the pixel in photography and the medium of painting to discuss the relationship between the two disciplines: an attempt at deconstructing abstraction in an art historical context and painterly manner via the camera lens.

My formal process of obstruction reveals political discussions of the traces left behind from climate change, emotional reactions of what we hide/show of ourselves to others and to ourselves and psychological layers of distance in how we inhabit our environment. Over the past decade I have embedded into my practice my personal fascination and fear of the digital Internet age of online cameras and exchanges of images with the use of found surveillance webcams and public domain satellite pictures. I create images that are largely white or black, creating a conversation with the “white” and “black” painting of Minimalism. I use painted gold leaf on a NASA satellite image captured and manipulated by scientists to study the effects climate change has had on the water volume of rivers because visually it relates to a Gustav Klimt or Egon Schiele painting; thus a tool for using beauty to comment on the terrifying environmental crises of today.  





Born 1980 Washington, D.C. 

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Salzburg, Austria



2006     Yale University, New Haven, CT
             Master of Fine Arts, Photography

2002     Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.
             Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography

1999     Speos Photographic Institute, Paris, France


Solo Exhibitions

2018    Standing in the Eye, High Noon, New York, NY

2014     As the Crow Flies, Galerie D’A), , Switzerland

2013     Opéra, Opéra de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

2011     Fade to White, University of the Arts Museum, Rosenwald Wolf Gallery,
             Philadelphia, PA

             Grande Avenues, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

2010     Upstream, Video Tank, Zürich, Switzerland

             Under Construction “Conversation With Architecture”, collaboration with architect
             Philippe Meyer of Meyer Architecte, Vesenaz, Switzerland

             Helvetica, Galerie D’(A), Lausanne, Switzerland

2009     Marisa Baumgartner, L MD Galerie, Paris, France

2006     Marisa Baumgartner, Domo Gallery, Summit, N.J

             New Work, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, New York, NY

2004     Organized Chaos, Gallery 10G, New York, NY

2002     Photographs Construct, Red Eye Gallery, Providence, R.I.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Welcome, Liz Lidgett Gallery, Des Moines, IA

2017    The Painted Desert, High Noon, New York, NY

2013    Summer Show, Galerie D’A), Lausanne, Switzerland

2012    Surface Tension, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

2011    Silent Significance, L MD Galerie, Paris, France

             MOVE!, L MD Galerie, Paris, France

2010     Transformative Travel Experience, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and
             Speos Photographic Institute, Paris, France

2009     New York Group Show, L MD Galerie, Paris, France

2008     239 years (divided by 9 artists), Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

2007     White Club Space #2, Space Odyssee, Salzburg, Austria

             Marisa Baumgartner and Amy Park, Thacher, Proffitt and Wood, New York, NY

             Group Show, Baumgartner Gallery, New York, NY

2006     Yale MFA Photography 2006, Baumgartner Gallery, New York, NY

             MFA Photography Thesis Show, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

             Joint Venture: Selections from the Ramer Collection and Selected Photographs,
             curated by Matthias Geiger and Renny Pritikin, joint exhibition between
             the Pence Gallery and the Richard L. Nelson Galleryat UC Davis, Davis, CA

2005     MFA 2nd Year Group Show, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2004     MFA 1st Year Group Show, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

             New Voices, New Visions...W Hotels Goes Gallery, benefit traveling show
             and auction, W Hotels, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, New York, NY

             Unframed First Look, curated by Cindy Sherman, Jack Pierson & Adam
             Fuss, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

2002     New Works, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, R.I.

2000     Celebration of a Decade, Red Eye Gallery, Providence, R.I.
             (curated by Anna Strickland)

1999     Photography Biennial, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, R.I.

1998     Scholastic Awards Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.



2018     Standing in the Eye, exhibition catalogue

2012     Note Buena Loft residency, Cadaqués, Spain

             Commission, The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

2011     Arrêt Sur Image(s), Marisa Baumgartner, by Philippe Meyer, article, Fall 2011, FACES

             “Grande Avenues,” review, June/July 2011, Art in America

             Reviewed: Marisa Baumgartner and Julie Linows at the American University Museum,
             March 7, 2011, review, Washington City Paper

             New York in Photographs, edited by Marla Hamburg Kennedy, published by Rizzoli, book

2010     Flash>, Marisa Baumgartner at Galerie D’(A), article, October 2011, Artline Magazine

             Galerie D’(A), Helvetica, review, September 11, 2010, Guideloisirs

2006     “Taking Abstraction to Its Logical Extreme,” David Gross, review, July 13, 2006
             The New York Sun

             Yale School of Art MFA Photography, Book

             Joint Venture, Selections from the Ramer Collection and Selected Photographs, catalogue