Clare Rojas is known for her rich and compelling paintings. In recent years, she has moved away from the figurative to the abstract, creating geometric and abstract works which are both reductive and maximalist in nature. Saturated and intense blocks of colours and lines appear systematically throughout her works, resulting in a kind of vocabulary that repeats itself. This visual language comes together to illuminate the scenes and spaces that are often neglected in storytelling and which normally fade into the background. This expanded way of storytelling allows Clare Rojas to refocus the narrative, shifting the conversation both for herself but also for us, the spectator.

Taking inspiration from her earlier, more illustrative paintings, the colour palate pulls from her folk-art roots, and is warm and distinct. The resulting contrast between the hard lines and the emotive colours creates an interesting dynamic that Rojas leaves open to our interpretation as we connect with her work, bringing our own layer of imagination and understanding to the narratives she puts forward.

Clare Rojas (b. 1976, USA) has exhibited extensively in Europe and North America, with notable solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago), Museum of Craft and Folk Art (San Francisco), Museum Het Domein (Sittard), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (Leon), the Rose Art Museum/Brandeis University (Waltham), Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville), Savannah College of Art And Design (Savannah), among many others. Her work has also been shown at San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose), University of Chicago (Chicago), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco), Headlands Centre for the Arts (Sausalito), CCA Centre for Contemporary Art (Knoxville), Deste Foundation/Center for Contemporary Art (Athens), Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts (San Francisco), White Columns (New York), as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia).

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