About Monika

Monika Rosen’s work can be seen in group shows in the New York City area, most recently at Dacia Gallery, and her painting “The Klaxon” was recently acquired by the collection of 21C Museum Hotels.


I turn to the human figure and the elusive, dynamic properties of water to explore ideas around identity, self-perception, vulnerability, and healing. More specifically, negotiating the process of how we separate from and integrate with others is the overarching theme of my work. My paintings of individuals, groups, and seemingly uninhabited landscapes tell of journeys where discovery and connection are yearned for and valued, where the personal is linked to the interpersonal.  I am interested in the intersection of psychology, ethics, epigenetics, and visual poetry, drawing upon my own experiences, my subjective interpretations of others’ stories, and my years of research into mental health.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada, I am a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in Painting at the New York Academy of Art. I received my Bachelor of Fine Art Honours from Queen’s University in 2013 where I studied Painting, Printmaking and Art History. Between 2013 and 2014, I embarked on a significant period of travel where I took on Artist-in-Residence positions in Manchester (UK), Assisi (Italy), and St. Andrews By-The-Sea (Canada). These opportunities led to collaborations with the local municipality by way of open studios, community talks, an exhibition (in Assisi, 2013), as well as collaboration with fellow artists who aided immensely in the exchange of ideas, reference materials, and subsequent residencies.

In 2015, I made the move out West to the province of British Columbia, and found my creativity fueled by the mountainous town of Whistler and its lesser known yet wildly artistic community. During my two-year residency in Whistler, I engaged the arts community and municipality through a diverse range of projects: as curator, live painter, participant in the first pop-up art studios, art advisor, teacher, and even as an actress in an original theatre play which debuted at the Flagstop Festival in 2016. In my last stunt in Whistler, I teamed up with filmmaker Angie Nolan and entertainer Ira Pettle to co-direct ARTdrenaline 2017 – a multimedia exhibition and staged performance as part of the annual Whistler Ski & Snowboard Festival. The first few paintings in my series of researched portraits, The Sehnsucht Project, were featured as part of this event.

In 2017, I moved to Brooklyn, New York, in order to pursue my graduate studies in Painting at the New York Academy of Art. An incredible experience that created even more questions around Art than were answered, I quickly found a studio to continue to work after graduating in the Spring of 2019. I currently create small to large-scale multi-figurative oil paintings and psychologically-charged landscapes, as well as a variety of monotypes on paper out of my Brooklyn studio. Simultaneously, I am looking to pick up my portrait project again.

For inquiries on available works, commissions, and interest in participating in my portrait project, please e-mail : monikarosen.artist@gmail.com