Marilyn Kuksht, born in Spokane, Washington holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Washington. Kuksht moved to San Francisco following the course of a professional business career which culminated in becoming Senior Vice President and Manager, directing over 800 employees at then one of the largest financial institutions in the United States, Bank of America. At the height of her business career Kuksht made an abrupt and dramatic change, leaving the corporate world to focus her high energy in the world of art. Kuksht has been a full time sculptor for many years creating works primarily in steel and cast bronze. Her works range from small pedestal pieces to large outdoor sculptures that appear in collections in Europe and Asia as well as throughout the United States. Currently, Marilyn lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her partner Taz and where she also keeps a studio. A sculpture garden in the front greets visitors.
In millennial terminology, Marilyn Kuksht has been a “virtual” sculptor all her life. From jewelry design and fabrication to the etching of circuit boards and restoration of antique live-abroad boats, Kuksht’s artistic sensibility was evolving even as she was successfully climbing the corporate ladder to become a senior vice president at Bank of America. When she decided to trade her rosewood-appointed executive office in downtown San Francisco for a live/work loft in the “Dogpatch” neighborhood, she brought to bear a diverse collection of studies, art explorations and craftsman skills and a history of creating varied living environments. In Kuksht’s work we see at play elements of energy, juxtaposition, tension, flow, and intrigue. It is unlikely that these forces of life and work would have evolved this way if she had taken a more traditional artistic path. Sculpting is for Kuksht a vital means to blend and express artistic and social statements. Those who incorporate found objects in their work risk merely elevating the mundane, prompting the viewer to trace the origins of the component parts. Kuksht re-employs once-functional objects and industrial detritus in a sort of quintessential recycling, but focuses on creating a new, refined sense of form and grace especially well realized in those works ultimately cast in bronze. The viewer first responds to the art – a unique overall movement, balance and character, sometimes even humor – not to the source of materials.
She is also involved with the Artists Guild San Francisco.