Marilyn Levin was born in Omaha, Nebraska. After studying with Richard Diebenkorn at UCLA, she moved to Boston where she has taught in the Tufts/Boston Museum School dual degree program for over 25 years.
She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Sanskriti Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Her work is in the collections of the San Francisco Art Museums, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Kresge Collection at Harvard University, The BankAmerica Collection and many corporate and private collections. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Paris, and New Delhi.
She currently works in Boston and Berkeley, CA. Her work grows out of a concern for painterly abstraction and has long been concerned with color and its relationship to reflective surfaces.