Iwalani Kaluhiokalani is a Massachusetts native. She currently lives and works in Brookline Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard, and Marseille France.
Iwalani began rigorous studies in Painting and Drawing, Art History and Criticism at Bard College in Annandale-on-the Hudson, NY. While at Bard, she was influenced by experiences at her work study job at the museum of The Center for Curatorial Studies. Though later transferring to explore the contrast of intensity in an Art School program. She holds a BFA in Painting, 2002 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, graduating with Distinction and Departmental Honors. At "MASS ART" she additionally focused on courses in the SIM Department (Studio for Interrelated Media). These courses fueled her regular modern dance and performance art practice, which became central to her paintings' subject matter and content.
Iwalani makes paintings of figures in magical landscapes and waterscapes. They celebrate Dance (an arena once historically dominated by women) and the moving body in its inherent transitory and transformational nature. Her wet on wet color mixing processes, color combinations, and often repeated compositional arrangements seek to explore an emotive Painting and Dance overlap. Themes in her work often reference symphonies, poems, modern psychoanalytic theory, and dance choirs of the Weimar Era. A period of time where body culture was celebrated, but later led many of its innovators to flee in defense of their ideas before the outbreak of WW II.
Ms. Kaluhiokalani has shown her work throughout Boston, the New England area and New York. She has participated in Brickbottom Artist Association in Somerville, MA and currently Fort Point Artist Community.
Ms. Kaluhiokalani is represented by Galatea Fine Art in Boston. She is also Founder and Owner of Smartbody Movement in Brookline Village, a Pilates and Gyrotonic wellness studio where she teaches and directs the center's teacher training programming.Iwalani Kaluhiokalani is a Painter who lives and works in Brookline Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard, and Marseille France. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.