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Susan Rothenberg

Born in 1945 in Buffalo, New York, Susan Rothenberg has developed a style of art that is recognized around the world. After earned a BFA from Cornell University, Rothenberg quickly attracted attention in New York City in 1970s. Influenced by the aesthetics of the period, Rothenberg created Minimalist art with maximum impact. Particularly noted by art enthusiasts is the body of work of life-size images of horses. These pieces are stripped down to their essential aspects, simple yet powerful; the horses and the fragmented body parts the often surround them inspire a sense of the “primitive creation.” Through this style, Rothenberg was able to explore the meaning, mechanics, and essence of painting without the distractions many other artists encounter.

In more recent years, Rothenberg has developed a different perspective. After moving from New York City to New Mexico in the 1990s, Rothenberg encountered a different mentality that is reflected in her artwork. With weighty layers and what has been described as “nervous brushwork,” she creates pieces inspired by the memory scenes from daily life and unique experiences. Her newer work inspires and is inspired by human events. Additionally, this work characteristically portrays a tilted perspective, as if the viewer is hovering high above the ground, which bestows it with an “eerily objective psychological edge.”

Rothenberg’s early and recent work has received national and international acclaim. In addition to countless solo exhibitions in world-renowned museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and the Tate Galley in London, she was awarded the Skowhegan Medal for Painting and was granted a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Rothenberg’s unique and emotive artwork continues to be collected and exhibited around the world.