Clare Rojas (b. 1976) is a highly acclaimed contemporary artist, known for her referential paintings and her more recent reductionist, color-block work. Rojas’ early work brought together high art and popular culture, referencing West Coast modernism, Quaker art, Byzantine mosaics, and Native American textiles. The artist’s narrative paintings have explored relationships between the sexes and among humans and animals, in their struggle to find harmony and balance. Many works quietly celebrate the traditional strengths of women, depicting them like Russian nesting dolls in conventional roles without critical undertones or hints of sexual exploitation. Quilt-like patterns in vivid colors accentuate the folk art-inspired scenes present in some works, while simple geometric forms and stark interiors evoke Bauhaus design in others. Recently, Rojas has focused her attention on the abstract shapes formed by architecture and shadow that dominate interior spaces, producing colorful, precise, abstract compositions on stretched linen.
Rojas has received numerous accolades for her work, including grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Eureka Fellowship Award, and the Artadia Award. She has had solo exhibitions at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Deitch Projects, New York City; the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Massachusetts; MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León), Spain; Marella Gallery, Beijing, China; and Museum Het Doemien, Netherlands. Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco and the Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago both represent her. Her work is in the permanent collections of Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Denver Art Museum; American Museum of the Moving Image, NY. The artist received her BA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in San Francisco.