Adele Marihatt

(1945 - 2010)

Archived in 2002


Adele Marihatt become an Archived Artist in 2002. A native of Winterthur, Switzerland, Marihatt studied physiology and earned her master’s degree from the University of Basel in 1968.  Despite a promising career in medicine, Marihatt decided to leave her field and pursue art full-time.  In 1982, she moved to New York City with her husband and three children, where she exhibited extensively before relocating to the Cleveland area in 1997.

Marihatt worked in a variety of media including sculpture and collage, however, oil and acrylic were her home media and she produced over 350 paintings during her lifetime. Marihatt’s work showcases her appreciation of color and deep respect for the balance of Japanese aesthetics. The artist’s mature style was inspired by reflections in a coy pond outside of Osaka, Japan. Elements of language, poetry and mathematics also feature largely in Marihatt’s paintings, including hieroglyphics, verse by E.E. Cummings, and Cleveland poet Christopher Franke, with whom she frequently collaborated. Marihatt’s work has since been shown in galleries and museums throughout the country and around the world, as well as included in private collections in Ohio, New York, Bern, Geneva, Paris, Montpellier, and Bergen.