About the artist

Frank Rosenzweig was born on the 5th of December 1962 in Hamburg, where he spent his childhood and youth. In 1984 he began studying Art History at the University of Hamburg. After one year he transferred to the city’s University of Applied Sciences, where he studied until 1988 in the Department of Design, under Martin Andersch and Klaus Waschk.

 

While still a student, he met his future wife Valerie (nee Mouton). Valerie had two children, aged 2 and 4, and in 1990 the young family moved to the outskirts of Hamburg; first to an area known as the ‘Alte Land’, and then a few years later to the small town of Buxtehude. Valerie und Frank Rosenzweig have been living and working on the Immenbeck estate near Buxtehude since 1999.

 

From his earliest creative days, he has demonstrated an affinity for tackling subject themes, some of which have developed over many years. As well as his work as a freelance artist, in the years 1989 to 2000 Frank Rosenzweig illustrated over 70 children’s books.

 

The Jazz Paintings appeared in 1989. A series of black and white portraits of such jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and many more. All in large format ink and pen drawings on card.

 

In 1994 Frank Rosenzweig first exhibited on the topic “Children”. The earliest paintings in the series "Many Children - One World" were created in 1995 for the Hungry Hearts exhibition. An art project for world peace, its work still occupies him today. From 1999, work begins on the "99 Faces of a Woman" series; a variety of portraits of his wife, Valerie, to demonstrate the multifaceted nature of one single person. In order to convey the essence of the series, very different techniques and forms of expression are employed in the individual paintings, drawings and etchings.

 

2005/2006: After recovering from a hard-fought battle with cancer, he begins dealing with the subject matter of transience. To this end, Rosenzweig has developed a new painting technique, where he leaves marks on the canvas through controlled iron oxidation. This visible process of decay - a symbol of the finite - is contrasted by his use of flowers and nudes - standing for youth, health and beauty. In the tradition of Vanitas painting, he confronts us with the impermanence of human existence.

Frank Rosenzweig · Ardestorfer Weg 1 · D-21614 Buxtehude · Germany
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