Kristen Schiele creates work in painting and sculpture. The works are inspired by stage sets, cinema, folklore, allegory, kitsch, and story telling that is theatrical and playful. Currently, the work involves paintings of secret hide outs and bold, brightly patterned shadow boxes. Games, books, posters and graffiti cover the walls of Midwestern abandoned or new build-out subdivision-style constructions; the idyllic location of a kid's summertime.

Schiele has lived and worked in both the Untied States and in Germany. She received a BFA from Indiana University and MFA from American University and studied at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin. Exhibitions include a solo show at Sloan Fine Art in New York City, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, a solo show at Curators Without Borders Gallery in Berlin, Germany, Hudson D. Walker Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, group shows in Cheim and Read, Caren Golden in New York City, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) in Oregon, and the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington D.C, among others. She has participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, completed a residency at the Provincetown Work Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower East Side Printshop and Ucross.