Johanna Baruch was born in New York City, studying at the Art Students League and privately before moving to California, drawn to its wide open spaces, natural beauty and creative community. There, she continued her studies through classes and workshops, earning her degree from New College of California. Adding dimension to her arts practice, she also developed skills in other artistic disciplines including dancing professionally for many years.
She has traveled extensively, with treks across Morocco, reveling in its rich traditional arts, and throughout Europe, steeping herself in its art history. She painted en plein air in the south of France and studied the technique of the Old Masters. This introduced her to her current approach to painting, which she now incorporates into her own unique style.
Johanna paints in oil on aluminum or wood panel, building up multiple layers of transparent glazes with paint, pigment and mediums to create works of brilliant color, luminescence and depth. Her current series is based on her fascination with deep space. Inspired by the breathtaking photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, her abstracted cosmos paintings dive into the ineffable and compelling beauty of the universe – our vast home where remarkable science, exciting discoveries and enigmatic mystery meet.
Enriching her understanding and philosophy of art, Johanna is a dedicated student of the teachings of Carl Jung and his followers. Drawn to Jung’s work on the importance of symbology, his privileging of the place of creativity in the human psyche, and his explorations of the mystical throughout history and cultures, these insights inform and nourish her painting on many deep levels.
Johanna exhibits her work in galleries and museums. Her paintings and prints are in private and corporate collections around the country and have been reproduced in a number of books and journals. She serves on the Board of Governors of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and is a past trustee of the California College of the Arts, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.