About Marlene Breitenstein

Art means business.

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Pronunciation help for English speakers.

  • Marlene = mar-LAY-nuh (like Marlene Dietrich, German actor)
  • Breitenstein = BRYT-en-styn (as in bright)

Artist’s Statement

Marlene Breitenstein explores nature’s sensual colors, imparting an altered, dreamlike feeling to her naturalistic photography and soft pastel paintings. Currently, her subjects are the forests, vistas, and vineyards found in Central Europe, and the parklands and deserts of North America.

Paradoxically, our planet’s beauty can seem otherworldly. When presented with breathtaking loveliness or strangeness, we are transfixed by what is both real, yet unreal. We are made childlike again, instantaneously in a raw state of presence, curiosity, and appreciation. Awe is one of the markers of life’s peak experiences, transcendental moments distinct from everyday events.

When photographing or painting, Ms. Breitenstein conjures this same feeling of meditative wonder, imbuing her work with quiet astonishment.


Marlene Breitenstein (b. 1967, Germany)
Resides in Landau i.d. Pfalz, Germany
Contact Information

After art being sidelined during the span of two careers, Marlene Breitenstein is now a full-time, re-emerging artist.


  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 1991-1995, 1998
    • Impressionist painting with John Ebersberger
    • Sculpture with Stephen Perkins
  • Bowie State University, Teaching Certificate, Art, 1991
  • Washington College, Bachelor’s Degree in Art, 1989


Edo Amin (Ido Ilan), 2020 – present

Exhibitions and Installations

  • 2018
, The Bridge Gallery — Group show
  • 2015 and 2014
, Burning Jam (private festival) — Banjo Effigies (sculpture installation, burned as the event’s culmination)
  • 2013
, Artomatic Jefferson — Group show
  • 2008, Playa del Fuego Festival — Seahorse Effigy (interactive sculpture installation, burned as the event’s culmination)
  • 2007, Burning Man Festival, Wicker Man Festival, and Playa del Fuego Festival — Forest Fungus (interactive sculpture installation)
  • 2007, Wicker Man Festival — Sensorium (interactive performance art)


  • 2008, Playa del Fuego art grant
  • 2007, Playa del Fuego art grant

Private Collections

Works held in private collections in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, England, and Scotland.

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Where Am I?

Sometimes in the Washington, DC area.
Sometimes I'm traveling elsewhere.

Otherwise I'm near Landau in der Pfalz, in the Südliche Weinstrasse (Southern Wine Route) region of Germany, characterized by endless vineyards, and bordered by mountains covered with fairy-tale forests. France is 25 minutes away.