Rosanne Retz lives and works in New York City. She received a BA and an MA from the State University of New York and an MFA degree from Southern Illinois University.
Her work has been exhibited in the USA, Europe, and Asia, and it is represented in numerous public and private collections and galleries including: Panstwowe Muzeum Na Majdanku, Lublin, Poland, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, Le Centre Rhenan d'Art Contemporain Alsace, Altkirch, France, Lahti Art Museum,Lahti, Finland, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts; Hanoi University Gallery of
, Hanoi, Viet Nam, Droga Meczennikow Majdanka Museum, Lublin, Poland; Gallery Collegium Artisticum, Bosnia/Herzegovina; Jakopic Gallery, Ljublijana, Slovenia; Rotermann's Salt Storage Arts Centre, Tallinn, Ahtri, Estonia; Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, California.


Recently, my work has moved in a direction that more fluidly reference the mystifying "realness" of the world, offering an alternative. These seemingly diverse narratives, still and landscape works, both exterior and interior views of architectural structures in disarray, examine the relationship between the built structures and the natural environment that surrounds them. The images, which are between representation and abstraction, are really about the big things and small, and of course the usual: love, loss, mortality, imagination, poetry and music. I take suggestions from the world, from what I hear and see, from an anecdote, a situation, an idea that most likely represents for me the lack of control and the resulting struggle. What I am most often attempting to represent is a feeling about the subject. I try to find a particular atmosphere that interest me, maybe the feeling of soberness, of something absent or hidden. The creative process I find most interesting is the making of the piece, and the role chance plays in the outcome. The work that I am currently involved with is the most important to me, because it is the one that is uncertain, unresolved, and therefore alive.


"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." Buckminster Fuller





All images and videos copyright Rosanne Retz 2015