Kerstin Roolfs

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Exhibitions at Stride Arts

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 into her collage-based, 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.

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Solo Exhibitions

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

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