COLORLAB – Maria Boto Ordonez

Laboratorium, KASK, Ghent Art Academy 

The experimental lab for art/design and biotechnology of KASK.
María Boto is a scientific researcher at KASK/School of Arts
of University College Ghent, where she is responsible for
Laboratorium: the experimental lab for art/design and
biotechnology of KASK. Her main research interest is on the search
for alternative and sustainable coloring materials to be applied
in the fields of art and design.
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alternative and sustainable
coloring materials to be applied in
the fields of art and design


Friedhard Kiekeben

painting on rag paper
made using Colorlab bio pigments and


Colorlab people: Robyn Flynn | Carl Homes | Mimi Thran | Colton Dixon |
Cate Rocha | Carolina Romo | Kevin Rivera | Joshua
Means | Alejandro Martell | Emma Rout | Ki McReynolds
| Bibiana Saucedo | Emma Wilmarth | danii | | | | Maya
Abraham | Thalia Agosto | Grace Barnes | Kennedy
Freeman | Michelle Goldsmith | Juan Herrera-Salcedo |
Aaliyah Lindsey | Ariuanna McCloud | Bibiana Saucedo |
Mercedes Soria | Reina Sundra | Mecca Winston |
Chase Williams | | | | Abena Motaboli | Olivia Petrides
| Friedhard Kiekeben

Preview: Colorlab Chicago – 2024
a collaborative project and exhibition with master painting students and artists connected to
Columbia College Chicago, inspired by Colorlab research and materials

Robyn Flynn

Bibiana Saucedo

Juan Herrera-Salcedo

Abena Motaboli is a Southern African born educator,
visual artist, and writer based in Chicago.
Abena specializes on alternative pigments and paints.
painting on canvas
tea, coffee, Cochineal, and other natural paint formulations

Olivia Petrides – natural forces in ink and paint
detail of ‘Aurora XI’,
ink and gouache on paper, 2009

Leah Fanning
‘Slowly Surely’
Art from the Earth (’10 -’14)
This series began with the desire to continue to paint with oils, but without toxic solvents, toxic paints or unsustainable materials. This soon evolved into also finding my own earth pigments; incorporating ashes from our wood stove; adding creek sand, marble dust and granite dust into the paints; using local walnut oils and exploring sustainable surfaces. This then lead me into a deeper connection with our natural world as I left the studio and made a connection with these materials.