Alexandra Rozenman is an artist now living and working in New England after coming to America as a political refugee from Moscow at the end of the 80s. Her paintings reveal simple scenes of beauty and most often peace – a utopia so perfect that it could only exist within four walls of canvas. Growing up in the Soviet Union, Rozenman studied with well studied with well known dissident artist Grisha Bruskin and was a part of Moscow’s alternative cultural scene of the 1980’s. When Rozenman’s family emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1989 as part of the decade’s wave of Russian Jewish emigration, she continued her art education, participating in the Studio Semester in New York Program at SUNY Empire State College. After graduating from SUNY Empire State College in 1995, Rozenman then moved on to Boston. While there, she earned her MFA from the School of Museum of Fine Arts in 1997 from Tufts University, and studied with Gerry Bergstein. After spending a decade living and teaching art in Minneapolis, she returned to Boston 4 years ago.
Her show “Tales On Paper” will take place in the Beverly J. Tassinari Gallery on the Newbury College campus from Tuesday, March 12, 2015.
What is most striking about the visually appealing paintings of 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 and portraiture, 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. By telling her own story of fear, hope, and disappointment in such personal terms, Rozenman demonstrates unusual courage and compassion for others. 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.