Clare Rojas is an internationally celebrated artist known for her distinct style that references folk art, gender roles, and magical realism, while at the same time celebrating the abstract. Her paintings often blend narrative imagery and dramatic, geometric shapes of color, seen here in this dynamic example featuring a woman holding a flower. Animals such as birds, deer, and rabbits play important symbolic roles in much of her work. In addition to her paintings, Rojas creates large installations, folk tableaus, videos, street art, and children’s books. She is also a musician and songwriter, performing under the name Peggy Honeywell.
This piece was purchased by the museum through the generous support of museum donors in honor of our former Executive Director, Jennifer Gately and her nearly ten years of leading the Bolinas Museum.
San Francisco based, Rojas was an active participant in the popular Mission School of the 1990s. She earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Rojas recently presented a sold-out exhibition of new work at Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco and is preparing for an upcoming exhibition at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago. Her work is held in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and featured in a main gallery exhibition at Bolinas Museum.