Marilee H. Shapiro was born in 1912 in Chicago and it was there she began her life as an artist studying sculpture, for a time even with renowned sculptor Alexander Archipenko. She moved to Washington, DC in 1943 and continued her education at American University and began exhibiting her artwork in and around the DC area earning her a number of awards and prizes. “Shapiro’s work is often figurative and relates to the human form without being representational: the masses and shapes are treated in a personal and interpretive manner that is abstract, stylistic and elegant.”
At the age of 89, Shapiro took her first computer graphics course at the Corcoran and now creates fluid, transparent and ethereal figures and images using her computer as an expressive painting tool. Over the past six decades, Marilee Shapiro has exhibited at the Smart Museum in Chicago, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, locally at American University, Franz Bader Gallery, Washington Studio School, Studio Gallery, Cosmos Club and Warehouse Gallery, to name a few.