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Kerstin Roolfs


© Stride Arts. Image courtesy of the Artist.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2021 Pop up and pick up, a street art installation in Lübeck, Germany

  • 2021 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, group exhibit at Stride Arts Gallery, NYC

  • 2021 Black & White online group exhibition at the Cape Cod Cultural Center, MA

  • 2020 Truro Center for the Arts Castle Hill, online exhibition, MA

  • 2020 Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Small works, MA

  • 2019 Stiftung Starke Berlin, curator Franziska Salomon, Berlin, Germany

  • 2018 Faces Exhibition at Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2017 Nasty Woman Exhibition at the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, NYC 

  • 2016 Silent Auction & Exhibition at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA

  • 2016 Silent Auction & Exhibition at Truro Center for the Arts, MA

  • 2016 Clio Art Fair in New York City

  • 2015 “Representational Art in the 21st Century”, University of Hawaii - Hilo

  • 2014  Stiftung Starke, Berlin-Grunewald, Germany

  • 2014  Studio 5404 @ Environ Vision Designs, Massapequa, NY

  • 2012  Biennale Hamburg, Germany

  • 2011  AthensArt Rostov-Russia, Mitrofana Grekova Museum, Novocherkassk, Russia

  • 2011  AthensArt Philanthropic Exhibition, Vienna TRAVELGALLERY, Vienna, Austria

  • 2011  The Big Show 6, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

  • 2011  Print Exhibit Project 2011, Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto

  • 2006  LITTLE WOMEN - curated by James Kalm, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn

  • 2005  ARTE.GO – Feltrecontemporanea – Earth, Italy

  • Eros und Thanatos, Konzeptraum 19, Berlin, Germany

  • Deep Action, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany

  • 2004  Standpunkte, Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach am Main, Germany

  • 2004  Poignant, A Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Artist Bio

Kerstin Roolfs received her Fine Arts degree from the University of Arts in Berlin, Germany, as well as a Masters in Education (Arts in Education) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently based in New York, NY. Roolfs’ work focuses on themes of history and political systems, and the roles people play in shaping the world around them. She frequently incorporates text in her collage-based paintings, using original phrases or seminal texts including Plato’s Symposium or the poems of Goethe. Roolfs also exhibits a fascination with the movement of bodies and faces, and produced an early series of portraits that captured the unique expressions of humans while engaged in sport.


Awards include the Promotion of Young Scholars Grant, presented by the city of Berlin, as well as the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) by the German Academic Exchange Service. Her work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions and part of numerous group exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, Russia, and Europe, including two museum exhibitions in Germany.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021 In the Air, Kerstin Roolfs, Stride Arts Gallery, NYC

  • 2013  Zeitgeber, gallery Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2003/04  Sixty Siblings of Speculation, Paul Labrecque, NY

  • 2002  People, power, money & war, Citibank, New York

  • 2000  Up To Now, LL Gallery, curated by Leeza Ahmady, New York

  • 1999  Faces, at Böhringer - Mercedes Benz Showroom, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 1998  Faces, curated by S. Tschackert, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 1997  Drawings, Lorenzo Fine Arts, New York

  • 1996  Faces, German Consulate Gallery, New York

  • 1992-95  Gallery Dütsch-Grandjean, Switzerland

  • In Vitro, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

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