about the artist
Allow me to introduce myself
My name is Rachel Ahava Rosenfeld, and I am a painter working in River North, Chicago. Most often, I can be found in my studio, bent over my palette or facing off with a new canvas. The studio, located in the back of the apartment that I share with my partner, houses my unresolved paintings as well as the shoebox-archive of found snapshot photographs and the treasure-trove of art books that bring my studio practice to life.
Since moving to Chicago in the summer of 2016, I have shown work in museums, pop-up galleries, and group exhibitions in Chicagoland. Several paintings travelled even further, headed for walls as far away as Florida, Ohio, and Missouri.
When occupied at the easel, I work as the Art Specialist on the faculty of the Joseph and Belle Braun Anshe Emet Religious School. In addition, I recently presented my first curatorial project, Third-Shifters: Art that comes alive at night. Research for that exhibition catalog is ongoing.
I am a native of Kansas City, Kansas, where I found my enthusiasm for painting while getting myself hopelessly lost at my mother’s office. Her job in the African Art Department at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art gave me access to miles of maze-like galleries to explore in wonder.
I found painting during my first semester of college, where I was notorious for refusing to leave my corner of the studio. I graduated in 2014 from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia with a B.A. in Studio Art. In 2016, I completed my M.F.A in Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. I also studied with the Jerusalem Studio School’s master class in Civita Castellana, Italy, and have continued to take classes at the University of Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center. Before moving to Chicago, I had the opportunity to make and research art in several cities in Europe and the Middle East, spending the lion’s share of my time in Todi, Italy and Berlin, Germany.