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 Rosalind Mosier  (1923 - 2008)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: Cityscape painting, sculpture

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BIOGRAPHY for Rosalind Mosier
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1923 (New York, New York)
 
Death
2008 (California)

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New York/California




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Cityscape painting, sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Article in New York Sculpture Center Studios Magazine, March 1988

Rosalind Asch Mosier personifies the type of people who attend the Sculpture Center Studios; urban, articulate, committed and involved in the creative issues that make New York what it is.

Roz approaches both her sculpture and her painting with the same intensity.  Her style from one to the other shows no obvious correlation other than the meticulous attention to detail both exemplify.  Her little voice belies the power of her work.  Her chatter highlights her enthusiasm. "I'm not sure which of these is my favorite," she says, sweeping her hand in the direction of close to 50 paintings and then back to numerous works created at the Sculpture Center.  "All I know is that without this outlet I wouldn't be content.  At the Sculpture Center there is an atmosphere of hardworking, creative people who share a mutual interest.  This is very stimulating for me.  The Sculpture Center is a congenial and a relatively inexpensive workplace for artists.  Materials are always available, with models and knowledgeable instructors there when you need them."

On most days when Roz is not at the Center she can be seen in a museum, theater, or concert hall...unless she is traveling to far-off places like China or the Soviet Union. "Being an artist means I need exposure to what is current in the creative world. If that means travel, all the better."

While her paintings are somewhat reminiscent of Edward Hopper, the hard edge and bright colors result in a more vivid, geometric presentation.  "Through color, design and form, I try to create a personal reaction to a subject that interests me. In sculpture, when you copy nature too exactly, without exaggeration and abstraction, the result is sculpture which could just as easily be a cast.

An abstract interpretation becomes a work of art rather than a duplicate. In essence, all painting and sculpture have strong, abstract qualities. Nature stimulates ideas of form which the artist then develops
."

Born in New York, a graduate of Music and Art High School, Tyler School of Fine Arts and The Barnes Foundation, Roz studied for her PhD in Art History at the University of Chicago and The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.  For over 30 years Roz lived and worked in California, most of the time as an art teacher and media specialist.  Her paintings have been exhibited in more than fifty juried group exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Art Museum, St. Mary's College Art Gallery and many others.  In addition to these exhibitions (for which she received several merit awards) Roz is represented in the slide registries of The Archives of California Art in the Oakland Art Museum and The Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, California.

When it comes to her sculpture, Ms Mosier demonstrates this varied background. "Sometimes I think I've finished my work after a few sessions.  The essentials are all there.  It takes willpower to stay away from adding endless detail.  I guess I've picked up that approach from my painting."

One can only observe that what Rosalind Asch Mosier is not in short supply of is willpower.

Information provided by Russ Varnado

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Rosalind Asch in New York, NY in 1923, she became known for her vivid, geometric representations of cityscapes, including many California scenes, and sculptures inspired by dance.

Rosalind attended the High School of Music and Art, New York, NY.  She later studied at the Tyler School of Fine Arts in Elkin Park, PA followed by an internship with the Barnes Foundation.  In 1944 she received a BS in Art education from Teachers College, Columbia University followed by Graduate work in Art History from the University of Chicago. Rosalind married in 1944 and assumed the name Rosalind Asch Mosier.  She returned to New York in 1945 and studied Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York.

 Rosalind and her husband moved to Berkeley, CA in 1946 where she received an MS in Fine Arts from The University of California, Berkeley.  During 1952 she traveled extensively thought Europe and later China which influenced much of her future work.  On her return Rosalind began working for the Oakland, CA school system as Librarian (1959-1984).  During this time she exhibited in many local shows including the San Francisco Museum of Art, Oakland Art Museum, St Mary’s College and Richmond Art Center.  Rosalind participated in an artist on loan program where her works were hung in the offices of major corporations.  In 1970 she received an award from the Oakland Art Association.

Rosalind returned to New York in 1985.  This was probably her most prolific period. In 1988 she became a member at the Sculpture Center Studio where she began her work in sculpture.   Rosalind was shown at several galleries including Agora Gallery April 1993 and The Sculpture Center.

By the late 1990’s Rosalind was no longer able to paint from memories of her travels.  She was only able to paint from photographs.  After a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s she produced no work after 1998.  She returned to California in 2006 where she died in 2008.

Sources:
Rosalind Mosier hand written Chronology supplemented by Son’s recollections
Who’s Who of American Women 1974-75
Member profile, Sculpture Center Studio, New York

Biography submitted by Russ Varnado on behalf of her son Mark Mosier.

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