Masha Keating

b. 1977, Moscow, Russia
Lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA, USA


Keating immigrated to America in 1990 at the age of 13.  The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 caught her family by surprise and they considered themselves very lucky not to be there for the aftermath of it all.

After coming to America, having a direction and a passion for art has helped her to overcome those confusing first years as a young immigrant in a new country.  Art has always been a strong part of Keating’s identity.  Her grandfather was her first introduction to it. He was a watercolor painter and well respected in Moscow where he ran a small art school.

In the states, Keating went through a number of art programs and eventually earned her BFA at the OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California.

A few years ago, Keating took up a disciplined study of art again with her former OTIS professor, Tom Wudl, an accomplished painter and scholar in Los Angeles.  Wudl’s mentorship has helped Keating reenter the daily practice and discipline of art after a long break she took due to the demands of raising a family.

Artist Statement

Masha Keating’s paintings are an exercise in both observation and exploration. Her early works were often representational reflections of floral and leaf-like forms. As Keating’s approach has moved more toward abstraction, her work has taken on a more inquisitive feel.  Her focus has shifted, letting each form lead her down a path of discovery, rather than letting her preconditions guide her. This mindset has allowed her paintings to become more metaphysical in nature, the forms utilizing space more freely, with an emphasis on color and line.

The creation of Keating’s paintings begins with the interpretation of an organic form, whether it be a plant, landscape, or, more recently, a figure in motion. Although she starts with a fairly representational portrayal, the result is much more abstract in nature. Keating uses her initial sketches as “suggestions” for where the piece could go; each structure or line is used to inform another, a process that brings numerous layers and changes to each work. Passages and forms give birth to new directions, a ripple-like effect that occurs over and over until the composition is complete. Keating embraces the discovery and surprise that comes with the process, resulting in a lucid, free-flowing example of exploration. To her, the process is a metaphor for life; every element informing and influencing one another, each an integral part of the whole.


2011 Kline Art Academy, Los Angeles CA
2006-2012 Tom Wudl Studio, Los Angeles CA
1999 B.F.A. in Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design
1995-1999 Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Solo Shows

2014 Pulse of line, Karpeles Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
2013 ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Pulse of Line, Karpeles Museum, Shreveport, LA
2012 Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, Santa Barbara, CA Permanent Display

Select Exhibitions

 2014 Nature vs. Nurture, galerie102, Ojai, CA
100 Grand, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
A Bee’s World, Ca’Dario Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Affordable Art Fair, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
Encore Angel, Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Santa Barbara, CA Award of Merit
2-D & 3-D Works Exhibition, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton, CA
National All Media Exhibition, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA
In Her Minds Eye, Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Santa Barbara, CA
12th Annual Juried Open, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga, CA
Paintings, Paintings, Paintings, Pacific Art League Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2012-2013 100 Grand, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Birth of Color, Baldwin Park Arts and Rec. Center, Baldwin Park, CA
2012 Holiday Collectable Exhibition, Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
In Tune, Palm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria, CA
Timeless Meditations – Mandalas and Patterns in Nature: Nationally Juried
Exhibition, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ, Award of Merit
Peace, Love, Grace: Juried Show, Palm Loft Gallery, Carpenteria, CA
Santa Barbara Studio Artists Show, Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery,
Santa Barbara, CA
Standard Deviation: Temporary Pop Up Show of Alternative Art, Santa Barbara, CA
New Growth: Two person show, Corridan Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Collector’s Choice Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA
2011 Holiday Blue, Palm Loft Gallery, Carpentaria, CA
2001 Organic Aesthetics, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
1998 LA Countywide Arts Open House, Los Angeles, CA


2012 Art Student Lecture, Westmount College, Santa Barbara, CA


1999 Anomaly Factory II: Private Hollywood Hills Club, Sponsored by Entertec, Inc
Painted murals in 3 of 24 individually-themed rooms constructed by a collective of artists and craftsmen.


2013 Stories We Tell catalog for the Women’s Caucus for Art.
1995 Messenger Magazine: Weekly Cover Art, Los Angeles CA