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.
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.
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
1995 - 1997 School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, Boston, MA
M.F.A. in Visual Arts and Art Theory
1993 - 1995 State College, SUNY, New York, NY
B.F.A. in Painting
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013 Multicultural Arts Center, East Cambridge, MA 2011 Contemporary Art Network, New York, NY 2011 French Cultural Center, French Phrazes, Boston, MA 2011 Contemporary Art Network Gallery, New York, NY 2010 Newton Free Library Art Gallery, Newton, MA 2009 The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington DC 2008 Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN
Village Quill, New York, NY
2007 The Tychman -Shapiro Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Gallery 13, Minneapolis, MN
2006 Goetemann Gallery, Gloucester, MA 2002 - 2006 Argyle Zebra Gallery, Saint Paul, MN 1998 - 2000 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA 2001 Creole Gallery, Lansing, MI 1999 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 1998 New England School of Art and Design, Boston, MA 1996 - 1998 Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA 1996 Tish Gallery, MFA Exhibition, Medford, MA
Selected Two Person Exhibitions
2007 Tychman-Shapiro Gallery, MOVEMENTS, with Beth Grossman 2002 Argyle Zebra (AZ) Gallery, PULP, with Eric Lunde 1997 Kingston Gallery, FARAWAY, with Robert Todd
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 The Painting Center, Working it Out, New York, NY 2012 Dorian Grey Gallery, No Rules!, New York, NY 2010 Gallery 12, 10TH ANNUAL ARTWALK, Fort Point, Boston, MA
Contemporary Art Network Gallery, Winter Show, New York, NY
2009 The Phipps Art Center, The Art and Life of Stories, Hudson, WI
Lowertown Open Studios, Art Crawl, Saint Paul, MN
2008 College of Visual Arts Gallery, Illustration in Fine Arts, Saint Paul, MN
Altered Esthetics, Midwest Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN
2007 APEXART Gallery, The Most Curatorial Biennial, New York, NY 2006 FLUX 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, NY
2005 Gallery 360, Art In the Frame, Minneapolis, MN
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Double Take, Sheboygan, WI
2003 Hot 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, Italy
2002 The Ragdale Foundation Anniversary Exhibition, Chicago, IL 2000 The Art Connection, Transforming Spaces, Boston, MA 1998 Moscow Center of Contemporary Art, Visiting Motherland, Moscow, Russia 1996 - 1998 Kingston Gallery, Member’s Summer Show, Boston, MA
Professional Experience and Awards
2010 Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts 2008 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 2006 Fellow, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
Artist/lecturer in Residence, Rocky Neck Summer Program, Gloucester, MA
2001 Artist in Residence, Ragdale Foundation Fellow, Chicago, IL 2000 Artist in Residence, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Indiana 1998, 2007 Artist in Residency, Hambidge Art Center Residency, Hambidge, GA 1996 The Parents Foundation, Yale University 1995 - 1997 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Graduate Fellowship 1995 Liquitex Excellence Grant Award
The Parents Foundation, Yale University, First Prize
1993 Frances Hook Excellency Scholarship, SUNY, NY
1997 - present Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA 2002 - 2008 Women Artists Registry of Minnesota, mentor program 2008, 2009 Upstream Arts Program, Minneapolis 2006 - 2009 Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN 2002 - 2006 University of Minnesota, College of Continuing Education
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
1999 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Visiting Artist and Lecturer 1998 Worcester Art Museum, Intensive Art Program, Worcester, MA
Boston Art Institute, Boston, MA, Intensive Program Instructor
1996 - 1998 Brookline Art Center, Brookline, MA, Art Instructor 1995 - 1997 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Teaching Assistantship 1997 Solomon Schechter Day School, Newton, MA, Visual Art Instructor
Days in the Arts Summer Program, Tanglewood, MA, Visual Art Instructor
1992 - 1994 Red Chair Art Studio, Brooklyn, NY, Visual Art Instructor