Kristi Kohut, as featured in Rue Magazine. Photography by Dustin Halleck. 

The Artist & The Studio

Kristi is a mixed-media artist based in Chicago. Her process is inspired by color and pattern found in nature, often using a variety of media including acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastels and glass beads.

In 2007, in addition to her fine art practice, Kristi founded Kristi Kohut Home, a design studio dedicated to making high-end fabrics, pillows, poufs and wallpaper - all in Kristi’s signature colorful style, created from original artwork. In every piece of her art, you’ll find not only the highest quality materials, but a ridiculous amount of love, passion and attention to detail.

Kristi was named one of “7 next-big-thing artists” by Elle Decor magazine and her work has been available at the Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, West Elm, Nordstrom, One Kings Lane, Domino and Minted. She and her studio have also been featured in HGTV Magazine, Luxe Interiors and Design, Domino magazine, World of Interiors, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Lonny, Design Sponge and more. Her work is currently represented by Walker Contemporary and has been exhibited at the River East Art Center and the ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL. In 2010, she was awarded the Juror’s Choice fine art award at the Chicago Art Open.

When Kristi isn’t in her studio, you might find her practicing yoga, knocking the ball around the tennis court or soaking up inspiration in the latest fashion mags. She’s also a self-proclaimed “foodie” conveniently married to an excellent cook. Kristi and her husband live north of Chicago with their son, Owen.


Artist Statement

My work is influenced by color and pattern in the world all around us. A permeating crack on the sidewalk, the vibrant layers of agate rock, the exotic clothing of a faraway place, are my muses. I love the color and effect created when unexpected colors and textures are combined. The glossiness of an acrylic paint next to the chalky texture of a pastel. Or an iridescent blend next to a thick, velvety smudge of oil pigment.

My process is an intuitive dance of play, working until I find just the right combination of color and texture. I know when it is done, when it elicits a feeling inside, a zing, a ping of joy or pleasure that often comes with that final touch or pop of color, suddenly transforming the piece. That feeling is a connection to something more, something that is not of the day-to-day routine of life. The antithesis of routine. A hint at what's on the other side of this world.



Kristi has been featured in Domino, Rue, HGTV Magazine, World of Interiors, House and Garden Magazine, Lonny, Design Sponge, Glitter Guide, and numerous blogs.