Rosa Loy Germany, b. 1958

Overview

Rosa Loy has established an international reputation as the main axis of the ‘New Leipzig School(NLS)’, which is evaluated as the 21st century's first bona fide artistic phenomenon and recall the essence of traditional meaning of painting. Rosa releases her own unique painting style, mixing selectively the regional characteristics and historical background of Leipzig that had formally been East German area, tangible and intangible relics of the communist era and fantasy, the heritage of Socialist Realism, Freudianism and Feminism.

Rosa Loy courageously integrates femininity and beauty in her figurative paintings and creates works that are open to multiple layers of interpretation. Especially, her unique sentiment gains its power at the point where a delicate demonstration of objects and an illustration of sceneries obscuring time and space are combined. Along with romantic expressions and surreal symbols in mythology and imagination, her painting opens up the possibility of various interpretations.

She has a particular interest in traditional conceptions of women, femininity. Her approach presents privately but more strongly the feministic element at the forefront. Women are depicted as the subject that helps female is another female being, the pursuit of beauty is self-satisfactory, and she is depicted as the principal agent of labor and active pioneer. Women who look like twins or reflective another self of each other imply Loy’s longing for the solidarity of women who support each other to build an ideal society in her works.
Loy uses paint containing casein, the main protein component of milk, instead of oil or acrylic paint. Due to its appealing hue and a high degree of preservability, casein was widely used in ancient fresco paintings whereas in the present era, the development of acrylic and oil pigments led the frequency of its usage to decrease. However, this unique medium fascinated Loy; consequently, she attains her magical style of painting by producing and proficiently applying her own pure colors without additives.

Rosa Loy lives and works in Leipzig.  She studied horticulture at Humboldt University Berlin and completed her BFA and MFA at the Academy of Visual Art in Leipzig. She has participated in numerous exhibitions on international art museums including Museum der Stadt Bensheim (2020), Gutshaus Steglitz (2019) in Berlin, Pinakothek der Moderne (2019) in Munich, Drents Museum (2017) in Assen, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz (2012), Fondazione Coppola (2019) in Vicenza, Space K (2021) in Seoul. Her works are included in the collection of major art institutions and organizations such as MoMA, MoCA in USA, Pinakothek der Moderne, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Deutsche Bank in Germany, Busan Museum of Art in Korea.

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