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Mt. Vernon, NY 10552
New York artist Gerda Roze was born in Riga, Latvia and came to the United States in 1950. This year she looks back on a 35-year career in painting and printmaking, alongside a business career launch in this country after earning a bachelor's degree in socio-economics from Columbia University in 1960.
While she earned a living as a research consultant during the day, she enrolled at the Art Students League and studied painting with Sid Dickinson at night. Little did she realize at that time that this was the beginning of her formal art training and the beginning of her "second" career.
Independently, Roze has studied painting with Alton Tobey, Donald Pierce, and
Harriet FeBland in New York, and at the Chelsea College of Art in London, England.
Over the years her painting styles evolved from realism to cubism to abstract
For the last ten years, she has been exploring the challenging world of graphics, mainly monotypes and collagraphs. She studied printing with Dan Weldon, Roberto De Lamonica, and Clare Romano at the Silvermine Guild of Artists, and at Pratt Institute in Venice, Italy.
Roze's works have been widely exhibited, including twelve solo shows, and are in private and corporate collections in the US, Canada, and overseas.
Non-objective art is my language of expression. It involves an alteration of all previously held notions of artistic creation and expression, because it does not necessarily present familiar objects and ideas. it requires an "act of faith" on the part of the viewer to accept pure form and color as subject matter as well as style.
Regina Stewart, Executive Director