Kayla Bischoff is a visual artist based in Louisville, KY. Her paintings are characterized by surreal arrays of whimsical figures, often distorted to abstract stylizations with psychological undertones.
Bischoff's fourth solo show, Maskenfreiheit, happened at Galerie Hertz in the Summer of 2020. This was her first solo exhibition in her hometown, Louisville, KY. She's also had solo shows in Cadiz, KY at the Janice Mason Art Museum, Jasper, IN at the Krempp Gallery, and the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library Gallery in St. Meinrad, IN. In 2018, Bischoff exhibited in a two-person show with Bob Lockhart at PYRO Gallery.
In 2019 she was awarded a Professional Artist Development Grant from the Great Meadows Foundation, allowing her to travel to Italy for the Venice Biennale International Contemporary Art Exhibition. In 2016, she was awarded a Professional Artist Development Grant from the Great Meadows Foundation, allowing her to travel to Art Basel Miami.
Her artwork can be found in various public, private, and corporate collections in the region: including Bellarmine University and the University of Kentucky.
While working and exhibiting as a visual artist, Bischoff also works within the Louisville art community. She is the Public Relations and Engagement Coordinator at Louisville Visual Art. She is represented as an exhibiting artist at Galerie Hertz, in Louisville KY. She has taught teen and adult painting workshops at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. She has also taught an online children's painting class through LVA.
Bischoff graduated magna cum laude from Bellarmine University with a BA in Art: Painting Emphasis in 2014. In 2015, she received a scholarship to continue her contemporary painting studies at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. In 2013-14, Bischoff was the BecVar Artist-in-Residence for Bellarmine University’s Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences. This residency was established in order to bridge the gap between the arts and the health sciences.
"The paintings can seem cartoon-like, overrun with anarchic creatures that forever seem to be knocking against each other like bumper cars, fighting for supremacy in highly chaotic, but deceptively controlled compositions. Although they are undeniably playful, the paintings contain discernible layers of social commentary that speak both to individual civilizations but also to the human condition in general."
- Artebella, January 11, 2016