Rosa Loy is associated with a contemporary German painting movement loosely referred to as the New Leipzig School, and as one of the few women members of the group, her dream-like narratives express an intimate point of view. Loy navigates a world of personal meaning in her works that reference both folklore and myth, yet also signify experiences past and dreams future. The protagonists in her paintings seem to simultaneously confront and struggle within the complexity of the landscapes and terrains that she builds.
Loy works with the traditional, but seldom-used casein, a milk-derived water-soluble paint. This particular medium infuses her canvases with rich hues counterbalanced by complementary, more muted tones; and as casein dries quickly, it requires that she work fast, imbuing an invigorating energy and freshness to her compositions.
Rosa Loy was born in Zwickau, Germany (1958) and lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. She has had major solo exhibitions at Städtische Museum Zwickau, Germany; Kunstverein Elsterpark E.V., Leipzig, Germany; VEAG Förderpreis für Kunst, Leipzig, Germany; and Kunstverein der Stadt, Backnang, Germany. In the United States her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles; André Schlechriem, New York; and David Zwirner, New York.