Born in 1960, Marian Fountain attended Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland from 1979-1983. She then studied engraving at the Rome Mint, Italy (1985-86), where she extended her foundation in bronze casting.
Moving to Paris in 1991, Fountain embarked on a period of “archaeological” research that culminated in an exhibition at the Museo Archeologico di Milano. Her most recent sculptures and medal work orient towards the biological structure and nature of life and consciousness. She is a founding member of the Medal Artists NZ (MANZ) group.