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clare rojas

Clare Rojas is a contemporary American painter and musician known for her use of flat geometric shapes of color to produce quilt-like images. Her works reference Quaker aesthetics, American folk art, Bauhaus designs, and Native American textiles as a vehicle for creating idiosyncratic personal narratives and abstractions. Born in 1976 in Columbus, OH, Rojas studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago. The artist’s work tended to be on smaller canvases, but she was inspired to do large scale work after exhibiting in a show with Margaret Kilgallen. Her motifs range from human and animal interaction to representations of female sexuality and strength. The artist also illustrates children’s books and publishes photobooks of her own work. Rojas is active in the Mission School along with her husband, artist Barry McGee, whom she married in 2005. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Berkeley Art Museum, among others. Rojas lives and works in San Francisco, CA.