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Samantha Rosenwald

Born 1991
Los Angeles, CA

Samantha Rosenwald uses colored pencil to create highly detailed, darkly humorous paintings that speak to commodification, complexities of identity and the volatility of the female experience.

This work explores the complexity of disidentification, a protective mechanism in which one rejects specific personal characteristics in order to insulate oneself from a potential threat or anxiety created by external forces.

Samantha Rosenwald
Intellectual Property, 2021
Colored pencil on canvas
36 × 28 inches

Samantha Rosenwald
Bad Guy, 2020
Colored pencil on canvas
40 x 40 inches

Samantha Rosenwald, Exquisite Corpse, Installation View, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY

Samantha Rosenwald, Exquisite Corpse, Installation View, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY

Samantha Rosenwald
Squash the Beef, 2021
Colored pencil on canvas
28 x 28 inches

Samantha Rosenwald
Wishing Flowers, 2020
Colored pencil on canvas

Samantha Rosenwald
Core of the Earth, 2020
Colored pencil on canvas
15 x 15 inches

Samantha Rosenwald
Impolite, 2020
Colored pencil on canvas
15 x 15 inches

Samantha Rosenwald, Penis Envy, Installation View, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy

Samantha Rosenwald, Penis Envy, Installation View, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy

Samantha Rosenwald
Woman, 2020
Colored pencil on canvas
46 x 38 inches

Samantha Rosenwald
Forever Young, 2020
Colored pencil on canvas
14 x 14 inches

Samantha Rosenwald
Still Life with Lemon, 2019
Colored pencil on canvas
68 x 48 inches

Samantha Rosenwald
Paper Beats Rock, 2018
Colored pencil on canvas
36 x 48 inches

Samantha Rosenwald
Self Care, 2019
Colored pencil on canvas
46 x 36 inches

Samantha Rosenwald
Wêt Galante, 2018
Colored pencil on canvas
48 x 60 inches

Samantha Rosenwald

(b. 1994, Los Angeles) received her BA in Art History from Vassar College in 2016 and her MFA in Fine Art from California College of the Arts in 2018. Rosenwald has shown with galleries such as Zevitas Marcus, CULT Exhibitions, Good Mother Gallery, and Mostyn, and has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings, Art Maze Magazine, and Voyage LA. Rosenwald is based in LA and works primarily in painting, colored pencil, and ceramic. By threading together contemporary culture, visual pun, and the dogmas of art history, she creates absurd, personal, and darkly funny portraits which illustrate what it feels like to be alive.
Samantha Rosenwald CV

Education

2018

MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2016

BA, Vassar College, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2021

JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY (forthcoming)

Exquisite Corpse, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY

Lepidoptery, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK

2020

Penis Envy, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy

A Freudian Nightmare; An Onlooker Gasps, Ballon Rouge Club, Brussels, Belgium

Schadenfreude, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, CA

2019

Soft Opening, MCLXVII, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

Liste Basel, Eve Leibe Gallery, Basel, Switzerland (forthcoming)
Family Business, JDJ | Tribeca, New York, NY
Nature Morte, The Hole, New York, NY
London Art Fair, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK

2020

This Sacred Vessel (Online Show), Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY
Our World, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, CA
NADA Art Fair, JDJ | The Ice House, Los Angeles, CA
This Sacred Vessel (Pt.3), Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY
Enter Art Fair, Eve Leibe Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Art Brussels, Ballon Rouge Club, Brussels, Belgium
No Time Like the Present, PUBLIC Gallery, London, UK
All Dressed Up With Nowhere to Go, New American Paintings / Steven Zevitas
Gallery, Boston, MA
Social Distancing, Plan X Gallery, Milan, Italy
Everything but the Kitchen Sink, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Being Human Is Hard, Pt.2 LA, Los Angeles, CA

2019

Comic Tendencies, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK
Cruel Optimism, curated by Wow Project LA, Chewing Foil, Los Angeles, CA
New American Paintings 2019 Pacific Coast Review, Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA
21 Open, Mostyn Gallery, Wales, UK
Whipped, CREAM Athens, London, UK
Morality/Mortality, Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA
San Francisco Art Market, CULT Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
Graduation, Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA

2018

Seattle Art Fair, CULT Exhibitions, Seattle, WA
Female Troubles, CULT Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
MFA Commencement Show, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
MFA Thesis Show, Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA
Finale of a Generally Miraculous Nature, PS8, San Francisco, CA
TFW, PS8, San Francisco, CA

Press

2020

“Portrait of a Year on Fire: JDJ Gallery’s NADA Heats Up.” Annie Armstrong, Garage Magazine, Vice, December 4, 2020.

Steve Turner Gallery, FOCUS Interview Series, in conversation with Aino
Frilander, Helsinki-based critic and curator, June 2020.

The Art Gorgeous, “What it’s Like to be an Artist in Quarantine,” Entertainment, April 06, 2020.

Juxtapoz Magazine, “Being Human is Hard: pt.2 LA Opens Group Show,” Arts and Culture, May 10, 2020.

2019

Art of Choice Advisory, “Samantha Rosenwald Leans into Her Sense of Humor as a Mode of Social Survival,” Interview by Olivia Davis, December 30, 2019.

Eve Leibe Gallery, “Anxiety and Desire: in Conversation, Samantha Rosenwald,” Editorial, September 10, 2019.

New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Issue No. 13.

Juxtapoz Magazine, “Good Mother Gallery Opens Latest Group Show –Morality/Mortality,” Arts and Culture, May 10, 2019.

2018

Voyage LA, “Check Out Samantha Rosenwald’s Artwork,” December 10, 2018.

Art Maze Magazine, “Curated Selection of Works by Sara Maria Salamone and Tyler Lafreniere, Founders and Head Curators of Mrs. Gallery, NYC,” Summer Issue 8.

Fumetto Magazine, “Samantha Rosenwald: Selected Illustration,” Volume 3.

Awards & Residencies

2019
Hopper Prize, Los Angeles, CA
2018
Curator’s Award, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Finalist for the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2016
Honors in Art History, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
2012
Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts, Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA