Biography

Marvalisa Coley has been an artist all of her life and has become known for her colorful abstract forms contoured in black. The Detroit-born artist has shown many of her works in some of Metro Detroit’s finest galleries. She experienced her first one-woman exhibit in June of 2004 at Johanson Charles Gallery in Detroit’s Historical Eastern Market. Shortly after the nearly sold-out exhibit, the success continued with another one-woman exhibition at the 4731 Gallery in Detroit, in early October of 2004. Marvalisa has participated in many group shows over the past few years in the following galleries; Redd Apple Gallery, voted #1 by Hour Magazine, A.C.,T Gallery, National Conference of Artists Gallery, Tangent Gallery, Del Gallery in Southfield, MI, the Detroit Museum of New Art, as well a few touring exhibitions with the Arts League of Michigan. She is also a member of the National Conference of Artists, a 30-year-old organization that host several exhibits throughout the year. Marvalisa was commissioned by NCA to produce 20 paintings for the 14th Annual Art Party Gala, an annual fund raiser exhibition. She served as “Artist for the Occasion”, for this event in 2005.

In February of 2006 Marvalisa traveled to New York and exhibited her work among the early African American masters artists in the 10th Annual National Black Fine Art Show. Currently it is the largest single gathering of the vast spectrum of original Black fine art and artists, and has become the most important event in the marketing of such art. The primarily African American audience was drawn from all segments of the population and included celebrities like Spike Lee, Ed Bradley, Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson, Tyra Banks, Russell Simmons, Angela Bassett and Warren Beatty.

Primarily using acrylics her style is as unique and distinctive as her name. Marvalisa’s paintings reveal abstract figures created from subconscious visions. An intuitive vibe guides her exploration through abstract and figurative designs, with bright colors that reflect her infectious joy and passion for life, art, and the creative process itself.

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  1. Susan Warner September 20th, 2013 12:17 pm

    Fantastic Website!! You have certainly BLOOMED since I last saw you. I enjoy the fact that your work is true to your vision and you are very recognizable.
    Art is MY life also as you know! I will fill you in on my endeavors at a future time.

    I am happy that you are so successful.
    Best of luck with your work!!
    Susan

  2. Marvalisa October 29th, 2013 5:09 pm

    Thank you so much Susan… It was great to hear from you 😉

  3. Joscelyn June 22nd, 2016 8:37 am

    Marvalisa! Hello, my friend. Your work has grown even more beautiful since I last saw it – and moreover – you! I love your trajectory.
    Joscelyn Davis

  4. Marvalisa July 4th, 2016 5:54 pm

    Thanks Jocelyn! It was good to hear from you.

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