Artist Bio

Ariel Kessler works in a range of media including painting, collage, printmaking, and ceramics. Her work uses lively, colorful imagery to create a whimsical world. Combining traditional approaches with an emphasis on color and texture, she explores themes of memory and storytelling, home, nature, and remoteness.

Ariel grew up in a family of artists and musicians. She was encouraged to discover her passion in whatever way, and she found it in the visual arts. She dealt with the loss of her father and the diagnosis of multiple learning disabilities both at an early age by working in mixed media. Art gave her the opportunity to experiment and express herself.

In 2019, Ariel was invited to be an artist in residence in Iceland. She has studied art through numerous programs in cities including New York City, Santa Fe, Savannah, and Portland, Maine. She has exhibited her art all over the U.S., as well as in Mexico and Japan. Her work can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.

Ariel received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010. She lives in Watertown, MA and has a studio in Somerville, MA.


Main Subject

Landscapes, still lifes, florals, abstract


Materials and Techniques

Combination of painting, printmaking, collage and ceramics. I create handmade paper using painting and printmaking techniques then combine it with found imagery. I also make small low-fire sculptures.