Moscow-born, both classically and conceptually trained, Alexandra Rozenman brings a canny and charming mysticism to her life and art. Rozenman came to America from Moscow, Russia as a political refugee at the end of the eighties, when again through history the world was changing its shape and purpose. She creates her personal and often surreal world, where shapes, colors and images are often utilized like words in a story. Living in the Soviet Union Rozenman studied in Russia with today well-known dissident artists and was a part of Moscow alternative cultural scene of the 1980’s.
She holds Masters degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Beginning in 1989, her work has been represented nationally and internationally. In 2006 she was awarded a MacDowell Foundation Fellowship. She works in a wide range of schools, using art as a tool for personal growth In 2009 she opened a private art school Art School 99 in Allston, Mass. In 2015 Art School 99 moved to Somerville, Joy Studio Building.
My work expresses longing for understanding and being understood, for non-belonging and finding a place to be. Playfulness in my work points to instability of life – visually, culturally and literally. I am working playing on the conflicts between identity and assimilation, tradition and modernity.
Using recognizable sets from popular tales, places and paintings as my environments - I create a world of visual stories. I often am a non-fictional character in my work along with my fictional cast that I invent or find on my way. That creates a net of two-sided stories: my approach to being who I am in this world and my ways of telling this as a story.
Story, which communicates with art and history, illustrates psychology and challenges criticism.
I work in 2 mediums: painting and drawing. They are both very important to me.
In the last 4 years I had 2 collaboration projects with writers:
and another book is about to come out in Russia (author: Mikhail Epstein): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_9?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=mikhail%20epstein&sprefix=mikhail+e%2Cstripbooks%2C176
On Alexandra Rozenman’s Work
What is most striking about the visually appealing paintings of Alexandra Rozenman is the depth of meaning she is able to convey in the composition of ordinary objects. These colorful paintings have their antecedents not in the artistic tradition of landscapes but more in the literary tradition of magical symbolism. Even so, the originality of her art ultimately escapes all labels. Her work gives eloquent voice to the politics of the small, everyday events that constitute our lives. In their short bursts of complex emotion, Rozenman’s playful compositions create a remarkably candid narrative gestalt. By telling her own story of fear, hope, and disappointment in such personal terms, Rozenman demonstrates unusual courage and compassion for others—a rarity in today’s commercialized and yet overly intellectualized art world.
Although the bright colors of her palette and the familiar objects on her canvas—oranges, ladders, doors, birds, bridges—make her work emotionally accessible, the juxtaposition of these objects adds mystery to her paintings. We know her—yet we cannot know everything. Such is the experience of all human interactions: we share a great deal but, ultimately, we are a mystery to one another.
Less comforting and more severely honest are her drawings. Here the oranges are not orange. The water is not blue and the grass is not green. But the narrative impact is equally powerful and the emotions even more stark as, here too, Rozenman reassures her viewers that they are not alone in their suffering.
Taken as a whole, the work of Alexandra Rozenman testifies to the desire of all of us to understand and to be understood, no matter what obstacles stand in our way.
- Katherine Fishburn, poet and art collector
Education1995 - 1997School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, Boston, MA
M.F.A. in Visual Arts and Art Theory1993 - 1995State College, SUNY, New York, NY
B.F.A. in Painting
Selected Solo Exhibitions2013Multicultural Arts Center, East Cambridge, MA2011Contemporary Art Network, New York, NY2011French Cultural Center, French Phrazes, Boston, MA2011Contemporary Art Network Gallery, New York, NY2010Newton Free Library Art Gallery, Newton, MA2009The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington DC2008Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN
Village Quill, New York, NY2007The Tychman -Shapiro Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Gallery 13, Minneapolis, MN2006Goetemann Gallery, Gloucester, MA2002 - 2006Argyle Zebra Gallery, Saint Paul, MN1998 - 2000Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA2001Creole Gallery, Lansing, MI1999University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN1998New England School of Art and Design, Boston, MA1996 - 1998Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA1996Tish Gallery, MFA Exhibition, Medford, MA
Selected Two Person Exhibitions2007Tychman-Shapiro Gallery, MOVEMENTS, with Beth Grossman2002Argyle Zebra (AZ) Gallery, PULP, with Eric Lunde1997Kingston Gallery, FARAWAY, with Robert Todd
Selected Group Exhibitions2013The Painting Center, Working it Out, New York, NY2012Dorian Grey Gallery, No Rules!, New York, NY2010Gallery 12, 10TH ANNUAL ARTWALK, Fort Point, Boston, MA
Contemporary Art Network Gallery, Winter Show, New York, NY2009The Phipps Art Center, The Art and Life of Stories, Hudson, WI
Lowertown Open Studios, Art Crawl, Saint Paul, MN2008College of Visual Arts Gallery, Illustration in Fine Arts, Saint Paul, MN
Altered Esthetics, Midwest Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN2007APEXART Gallery, The Most Curatorial Biennial, New York, NY2006FLUX Factory, Works on paper, Long Island City, NY
Rhys Gallery, Proof of Purchase, Boston, MA
The Ragdale Foundation Anniversary Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Intermedia Arts, Conversations, Minneapolis, MN
Artists SPACE, 1,000 Drawings, New York, NY2005Gallery 360, Art In the Frame, Minneapolis, MN
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Double Take, Sheboygan, WI2003Hot House International Art Center, New Beginnings, Chicago, IL
The Painting Center, Summer Invitational Show, New York, NY
Biennale Internazionale, Contemporary Art Show, Arte Studio, Firenze, Italy2002The Ragdale Foundation Anniversary Exhibition, Chicago, IL2000The Art Connection, Transforming Spaces, Boston, MA1998Moscow Center of Contemporary Art, Visiting Motherland, Moscow, Russia1996 - 1998Kingston Gallery, Member’s Summer Show, Boston, MA
Professional Experience and Awards2010Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts2008Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT2006Fellow, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
Artist/lecturer in Residence, Rocky Neck Summer Program, Gloucester, MA2001Artist in Residence, Ragdale Foundation Fellow, Chicago, IL2000Artist in Residence, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Indiana1998, 2007Artist in Residency, Hambidge Art Center Residency, Hambidge, GA1996The Parents Foundation, Yale University1995 - 1997School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Graduate Fellowship1995Liquitex Excellence Grant Award
The Parents Foundation, Yale University, First Prize1993Frances Hook Excellency Scholarship, SUNY, NY
Teaching Experience1997 - presentCambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA2002 - 2008Women Artists Registry of Minnesota, mentor program2008, 2009Upstream Arts Program, Minneapolis2006 - 2009Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN2002 - 2006University of Minnesota, College of Continuing Education
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN1999Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Visiting Artist and Lecturer1998Worcester Art Museum, Intensive Art Program, Worcester, MA
Boston Art Institute, Boston, MA, Intensive Program Instructor1996 - 1998Brookline Art Center, Brookline, MA, Art Instructor1995 - 1997School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Teaching Assistantship1997Solomon Schechter Day School, Newton, MA, Visual Art Instructor
Days in the Arts Summer Program, Tanglewood, MA, Visual Art Instructor1992 - 1994Red Chair Art Studio, Brooklyn, NY, Visual Art Instructor