Esther Rogoway Alfred Rogoway
Alfred Rogoway (1899-1990)
"Using scenes from his own inner consciousness, Alfred Rogoway created a world of sensitively distorted figures. His beings are fairy tale creatures and from myths that partake of all the activities of man in a mood which might be termed eternal. A true somnambulist who dreams in paint, finding expression for all the subtleties of his nature on canvasses. He prays, dances, loves and plays in rich vibrant colors and delicate, delineated drawing. Rogoway always wished to create something truly beautiful so that the world would have gained through his expressions of life." (quoted from the essay by Kaya Morgan,
During his final years, Alfred quietly painted in a small studio behind the family house until his death in 1990, while painting. Today, his presence still lives on in permanent collections at the Grosvenor Gallery in London, the Copenhagen National Museum, the American Gallery in Los Angeles, the Universities of Illinois, Arizona, New Mexico and in private collections throughout the world — a testament to his own unique creative expression.
As his dear friend, colleague and playwright once said of him, "He paints as other men must dream, and his visions take him back thousands of years of world subconsciousness. He belongs to no one medium but to all. His is the gentleness of the large man who cannot touch something small for fear of crushing it, yet all subtleties of his nature find expression on canvas." — Henry Miller, 1955.
Esther Rogoway has lived and studied in a variety of geographic environments that many artists would find exciting, inspirational and in some instances even mystical. These locales have become a part of her spirit, but it is from her inner soul that Esther creates her works of art that can be said possess a surreal mystique. It is her intent to draw us deep into our own subconscious world of feeling when we view her creations. Her images present us with a swirl of color and form, offering the viewer an abstraction of reality that reminds one of being in a dream scape where everything is somewhat familiar, yet ebbs and slows with a rhythm of its own. Her figures, primarily those of horses and people are easily recognizable, but the nature of each composition speaks more of an inner world of feeling and imagination rather than to the outer world of reality. Although you can identify the subjects, they appear to only partly be there, each painting tells a story, but the actual interpretation is in the eye of the beholder. Her bold use of color is pure and there is an elegant balance between opposites, or in some cases, the painting exhibits more of subtle blending of compatible colors.
Esther takes her love of horses from her own little herd. Two Rocky Mountains and one Foxtroter. She is also associated with Equine Voices, a horse rescue and sanctuary located in Green Valley az. She has fostered several wonderful horses and donates art to Equine Voices for their fundraisers
Esther has recently received The Sedona Art Festivals, first place in two dimensional painting and The Peoples Choice Award in Tubac.