Rosa Loy

Works on Paper


It is an altogether unique experience to follow the painter Rosa Loy into her picture worlds, and to explore them in order there to discover, for our present age, what has been at the heart of the female existence for thousands of years. The artist, who studied at the Leipzig University in the nineteen-eighties and still lives in the east German city, is counted among the New Leipzig School. Her picture subjects deal with the female mystery, new femininity, and new romanticism, which, in retrospect, played a major role in Saxon painting. Rosa Loy summons the courage to integrate femininity and beauty into her representational painting and in her works opens up a wide spectrum of possible interpretations for us.

Her search for a new-found femininity feeds on traditional female knowledge and the mysteries it entails of the inner nature of humans and the nature surrounding them. The picture compositions, rich in detail and full of symbolism, thus turn into echoes of old myths and spiritual cultures. The figures inhabiting her dreamlike landscapes and gardens are exclusively women, communicating with each other or lovingly pursuing their various activities. There are connotations here of a fairytale world, haunted by mythical creatures and trolls, and translated into a painting practice that springs from poetry and imagination. If we look deeper, though, the female figures, often depicted as pairs of twins or sisters, point towards a very sensitive web of relations within a feminine view of nature and society, which in fact is not defined by a political or feminist agenda. In her love of colour and her structures, Rosa Loy also borrows from the Renaissance, just as she likes using casein paints, which characterised the period’s murals and their composition.

Karin Pernegger (in: Rosa Loy - Buch, Kunstraum Innsbruck and Galerie Kleindienst, 2016)


  • 1958 born in Zwickau (Germany)
    1976-1985 Diploma in horticulture at the Humboldt University Berlin
    1985-1990 Studies at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
    1990 Diploma (Prof. Felix Müller)
    1990-1993 Master studies in the class of Prof. Rolf Münzner
    Rosa Loy lives and works in Leipzig

Solo shows

  • 2024 Glade, Micheal Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
    Bläue (with Neo Rauch), Grafikstiftung Neo Rauch, Aschersleben (Germany)
    Herbarium, Lyles & King, New York
  • Rosa Loy & Rose Wylie - Doubletten, Museum Bensheim (Germany)
    Das alte Land (with Neo Rauch), Art and Museum Centre Sinkka, Kerava/Helsinki (Finland)
    Lucky Days, Gallery Baton, Seoul (South Korea)
    Flaneurin, Frauen Museum, Wiesbaden (Germany)
    Es wird durchgemalt, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Flowers on the Border (with Neo Rauch), Space K, Seoul (South Korea)
    In dieser Welt, Museum Bensheim (Germany)
  • Everything stays different, Lyles & King, New York
  • Substanzen, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Ausblick, Galerie Noah, Augsburg ( Germany)
  • 2019 Der Tag, Gutshaus Steglitz, Berlin
  • Anwesenheiten, Kunstverein Münsterland, Coesfeld (Germany)
  • La Torre (with Neo Rauch), Fondazione Coppola, Vicenza (Italy)
  • Soli Deo Gloria (with Neo Rauch), Gutshof Schulenburg, Bisdorf (Germany)
  • Anwesenheiten, Gesellschaft der Freunde junger Kunst, Baden-Baden (Germany)
  • Das trifft sich gut, Market Church St Cosmas and Damian, Goslar (Germany)
  • Préservation du Temple, ACMCM Centre d'Art Contemporain, Perpignan (France)
  • 2018 So near and yet so far, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Die Strickerin (with Neo Rauch), Grafikstiftung Neo Rauch, Aschersleben (Germany)
  • Lohengrin (with Neo Rauch), Villa Schöningen, Potsdam (Germany)
  • 2017 Bilder Bergen, Drents Mjuseum, Assen (The Netherlands)
  • Spring, Gallery Baton, Seoul (South Korea)
  • Rosa Loy - Painting, Lippische Gesellschaft, Schloss Detmold (Germany)
  • Die Praxis, De Martino Gallery, Munich
  • 2016 Maifeier (Party in May), Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    The Other Side, Kunstraum Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Summer Joy, Galerie im Herrenhaus, Dobis (Germany)
    2015 My Loved Land, Villa Katzorke, Essen (Germany)
    Glade, Gallery Noah, Augsburg (Germany)
    Perlmutt (with Neo Rauch), Freunde aktueller Kunst, Zwickau (Germany)
    2014 Green Heart, Gallery Baton, Seoul (Southkorea)
    From a close distance, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam
    Escort, Yusto/Giner Gallery, Marbella (Spain)
    2013 Buzz, Gallery Stötzel-Tied, Goslar
    Meander, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Souvenir, McClain Gallery, Houston
    2012 Gravitation (with Neo Rauch), Art Collections Chemnitz
    Tube, SpardaWelt, Stuttgart
    Dewdrop, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
    Convocation, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
    Blossom Ground, Gallery Noah, Augsburg
    My Grove, Art association Rosenheim
    2011 Manna, Art hall Giessen
    Behind the Gardens (with Neo Rauch), Essl Museum Klosterneuburg/Vienna
    Whispering Leaves, Art cercle Aichwald, Aichwald Aichschieß
    2010 Rosa Loy - The eye sees, Gallery Noah, Augsburg
    Jelängerjelieber, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    2009 The Secret Library, Schlechtriem Brothers, Berlin
    2008 Close to me, André Schlechtriem Contemporary, New York
    2007 My circles, André Schlechtriem, New York
    2006 Transformation, Gallery Wilma Tolksdorf, Berlin
    Almanac, Art association Oldenburg, Oldenburg
    Nine Ways, David Zwirner, New York
    2005 Gallery Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt/Main
    Gallery of the Stadtsparkasse Gütersloh
    2004 The Allied, Museum of the city of Zwickau
    Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    2003 Gallery Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt/Main
    The Allied, Art collection Gera
    Gallery Entwistle, London
    2002 Sponsorship award of contemporary art, Art room B2, Leipzig
    Art association of Backnang
    Gallery Entwistle, London
    1999 VEAG sponsorship award of contemporary art, VEAG, BerlinPerlmutt (mit Neo Rauch), Freunde aktueller Kunst, Zwickau

Group shows

  • 2024 Hunger nach Bildern, Museum No Hero, Delden (Netherlands)
    Can't help but Love her, Suwon Museum of Art, Suwon (South Korea)
    Terra Diaspora. Welten wandeln, Kunstverein Göttingen (Germany)
    Über Druck, Kaisertrutz, Görlitz (Germany)
    Fäden, Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen (Germany)
    Deep Deep Down, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
    You, Galerie Kleindienst Westside, Leipzig
    Zwickau & Co, Freunde Aktueller Kunst, Zwickau (Germany)
  • 2022 Collection Collective, ACMCM Centre d'Art Contemporain, Perpignan (France)
    Bilderkosmos Leipzig. 1905-2022, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig
    Bang! Die Rückkehr der Malerei, Galerie Noah, Augsburg (Germany)
    Kick Line. MalerinnenNetzwerk Berlin-Leipzig, Thaler Originalgrafik, Leipzig
    Girl meets girl, Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen (Norway)
    Competere. An Exhibition of Artist Couples, The Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus, Georgia (USA)
    Breathing Water, Drinking Air, Philara Collection, Düsseldorf
  • 2021 Minerva meets Leipzig in Assen, Drents Museum, Assen (Netherlands)
    Cosmic Topologies, Knust Kunz, Munich 
    NEW, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Collection Collective ACMCM, La Marina, Valencia (Spain)
    We are open, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    NEW II, Westside Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Das Kollegium, Grafikstiftung Neo Rauch, Aschersleben (Germany)
  • VOIX. MalerinnenNetzWerk Berlin-Leipzig, Museum of Visual Arts, Leipzig
  • She models for her, The Shed, New York
  • Meisterstück!, Zentrum für Aktuelle Kunst, Berlin
  • Foreign Powers. Painting from Leipzig, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf (Switzerland)
  • The Leipzig Connection, Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU), Zagreb (Croatia)
  • Feelings, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
  • Recent Donations and Long-Term Loans, Museum of Modern Art Grand Duc Jean, Luxembourg
  • 2018 Zeigen und Sagen, Deutsche Bundesbank Geldmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
  • Painting XXL. MalerinnenNetzWerk Berlin-Leipzig, Galerie Leuenroth, Frankfurt am Main
  • Eros and Thanatos. SØR Rusche Collection Oelde/Berlin, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Liesborn (Germany)
  • MdbK mets G2. Painting from Leipzig since 2000, Museum of Visual Arts, Leipzig
  • Nach dem Bild ist vor dem Bild, Kunstverein Freunde Aktueller Kunst, Zwickau (Germany)
  • 2017 Fleming Faloon, Office Baroque, Brussels
  • Ladder to Heaven, Neuer Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein, Pfaffenhofen (Germany)
  • Desperate Housewives? Künstlerinnen räumen auf, Staatliches Industrie- und Textilmuseum, Augsburg
  • Jetzt Druck machen, Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim / Wels (Austria)
  • Under Influence, Galerie Dukan, Leipzig
  • Black Sugar. 7 x contemporary printing, Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus, Reutlingen (Germany)
  • 2016 Tightrope Walk: Painted Images After Abstraction, White Cube, London
  • Desperate Housewives? Künstlerinnen räumen auf, Kunstsammlungen Zwickau
    Body & Soul, Klosterneuburg / Vienna
    Storyteller. Contemporary Art from Leipzig, National Art Museum & Goethe Institut Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • Der Flug der Königinnen. Women at Work, ROMPONE kunstsalon, Cologne
  • The Present Order, Gallery for Contemporary Art, Leipzig
    2015 Empire of the Senseless, Friedman Benda, New York
    Beuys ohne Hut. Karin Szekessy fotografiert Künstler, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg
    Ein Zimmer für Alfred Flechtheim, Osthaus Museum Hagen
    Personalities on Paper, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam
    Leipzig 2015. Sammlung Hildebrand, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig
    Werkschau der Spinnereikünstler, Werkschauhalle, Leipzig
    Die bessere Hälfte - Malerinnen aus Leipzig, Kunsthalle Sparkasse Leipzig
    Desperate Housewives? Künstlerinnen räumen auf, Museum Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
    Vertraute Gesellschaft, Thaler Originalgrafik, Leipzig
    Gute Kunst? Wollen! SØR Rusche Sammlung Oelde/Berlin, Auf AEG, Nürnberg
    Perlmutt, Kunstverein Freunde Aktueller Kunst, Zwickau (mit Neo Rauch)
    Wahrheiten, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Liesborn (Germany)
    2014 Ce qui je suis maintenant-Ein Zimmer für Alfred Flechtheim, Rompone Artspace, Köln
    Wahrheiten - works of SOR Rusche collection Oelde/Berlin, Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen
    This side of paradise, Sotheby's Gallery S2, London
    BGL#1, Kesselhaus, Bergisch Gladbach / Cologne
    Sechse gehen durch die ganze Welt, Stephan Schrör, Berlin
    I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn... - Dorothee Parker, Lombard Freid Gallery, New York
    2013 Art Karlsruhe, Halle 4 P 04, Karlsruhe
    LUBOK. Graphic and book art from Leipzig, Museo de la Estampa del Instituto Mexiquense de Cultura, Toluca, (Mexico)
    Hin und weg, Art association Freunde aktueller Kunst e.V., Zwickau
    Gekauft. Acquisitions of the Graphic Collection, Museum of Visual Arts, Leipzig
    Schöne Landschaft - Bedrohte Natur. Old Masters in dialogue with contemporary art. Collection SØR Rusche Oelde/Berlin, Art hall Osnabrück
    LUBOK. Graphic and book art from Leipzig, Centro Cultural Clavijero, Morelio (Mexico)
    Der Himmel im Garten. Natur - Landschaften, Essl Museum, Schömer-Haus, Klosterneuburg/Vienna
    Jetzt hier. Contemporary art of the Kunstfonds, Art hall in Lipsiusbau, Dresden
    Tierstücke. Old Masters in dialogue with contemporary art. Collection SØR Rusche, Museum Abtei Lisborn
    LUBOK. Graphic and book art from Leipzig, Galería de Arte Contemporáneo del Teatro Isauro Martínez Torreón, Coahuila (Mexico)
    2012 Personalities on Paper, Ornis A. Gallery, Utrecht
    Sweethearts, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
    German Now - from Leipzig, Seongnam Art Center, Seoul (Southkorea)
    Triangel, Galerie der Gegenwart, Karlsruhe
    Eros und Thanatos (SØR Rusche Collection), Werkschauhalle Leipzig
    Awardees Woldemar Winkler Price 1995-2011, Gallery Sparkasse Gütersloh
    LUBOK. Grafic and book art from Leipzig, Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City
    2011 Leipzig Painters, Gallery Baton, Seoul
    Mrs Darling's Kiss, Arch402 Gallery, London
    Convoy Leipzig, Biksady Gallery, Budapest
    Salon der Gegenwart, Elbhof Hamburg
    2010 Korso, Philara e.V., Düsseldorf
    The night, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst
    Die unsichtbare Hand. Contemporary drawing of the collection Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst
    Korso, Werkschauhalle, Leipzig
    Nicht ohne mein…, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig
    Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
    2009 Defiance and Melancholy, Museum Meilathi, Helsinki
    2008 Carte Blanche II, Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig and LVZ-art award + collection 2007, Leipzig
    Collection Verbundnetz Gas AG (VNG), Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig
    2007 Collective Exhibition: German stories, Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig
    Made in Leipzig - Pictures of a city, Essl Collection, Castle, Torgau
    2006 Arario Gallery, Peking
    Made in Leipzig - Pictures of a city, Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg / Vienna
    2005 A question of gesture, Opera Leipzig
    The beauty of painting, City gallery Delmenhorst
    David Zwirner, New York
    2004 Cold Hearts - Artists from Leipzig, Arario, Choongchungnam-do (Southkorea)
    New Leipzig School Painting, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore (USA)
    East international 2004, Norwich Gallery, Norwich (G.B.)
    Happy Days are Here Again, David Zwirner Gallery, New York
    Lack Color, National art collection Dresden, Galerie Neue Meister, Albertinum, Dresden
    2003 Art Award Energy. The laureates 1992-2003, Vattenfall Europe, Cottbus
    In the middle of it. Works in dialogue, Recent acquisitions of Saxony, Art collection Chemnitz
    2002 Desired images, Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig
    2001 The Big ID, James Cohan Gallery, New York
    Intimate Expeditions, Goldrausch Project, Art association Karlsruhe


  • 2017 Sara Thiel: Die Schöpferin der Frauen, Freie Presse, 23.1.2017
  • 2016 Rosa Loy - Buch (catalog), Galerie Kleindienst and Kunstraum Innsbruck, LUBOK Leipzig
  • Andreas Platthaus: Bunte Bahnen flattern, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), 14.5.2016
    Susanne Hermannski: Der Garten im Inneren, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 4.3.2016
    Ivona Jelcic: Rätselhafte Mythen für die Mythen in uns, Tiroler Tageszeitung, 6.2.2016
    Grace-Yvette Gemmell: Rosa Loy's Figurative Paintings Construct Mythical Female Narratives,, 1.2.2016
    Olivia Parkes: The Artist Making Paintings Tht Are Part Fairy Taile, Part Propaganda, Broadly, 30.4.2016
  • 2015 Barry Schwabsky: Tight Rope Walk (catalog), White Cube, London
    Katarzyna Mol-Wolf: Katarzyna trifft... Rosa Loy, emotion, 07/2015
    Bettina Musall: Spiegel Geschichte, DER SPIEGEL, 22/2015
    Ina Ewers-Schulz / Martina Padberg: Desperate Housewives? (catalog), Museum Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
  • Sabine Morbach: Einfach Rosa, einfach stark, Reichenhaller Tageblatt, 30.11.2016
    2014 Rosa Loy - Green Heart (catalog), Gallery Baton, Seoul (South Korea)
    Herlinde Kölbl: Rosa Loy: Das war meine Rettung, ZEIT online, 12.04.2014
    Michaela Kühn: Rosa Loy. Die neue Weiblichkeit, The Heritage Post, 03/2014
    Laura Thomson: A conversation with Rosa Loy, Ocula, 05.10.2015
    Aus naher Ferne - Rosa Loy,, September 2014
    2013 Rosa Loy - Mäander (catalog), Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Rosa Loy - Souvenir (catalog), McClain Gallery, Houston (USA)
    Meredith Deliso: Rosa Loy's beautiful befiddling at McClain Gallery, Houston Press, 11.02.2013
    Anna Sticksel: Rosa loy und ihre Frauen, Suprime Mag, 17.06.2013
    2012 Rosa Loy - Gravitation / Neo Rauch - Abwägung (catalog), Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
    Rosa Loy - Sonde (catalog), Sparda-Bank Stuttgart
    Doppelschau: Neo Rauch und Rosa Loy in Chemnitz, Frankfurter Rundschau, 15.12.2012
    Matthias Zwarg: Rosa Loy und Neo Rauch - ein unvergleichliches Paar, Freie Presse, 17.12.2012
    Jürgen Kleindienst: Glück und Schmerz, LVZ, 15./16.12.2012
    Julia Löhr: Ach, Sie malen auch?, FAZ, 01./02.12.2012
    Rosa Loy - Mein Hain (catalog), Kunstverein Rosenheim / Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Alex Needham: Artist sweethearts team up to create labour of love, The Guardian, 20.03.2012
    The most creative couples in art,, 21.03.2012
    Kerstin Walker: Ich wachte auf und war glücklich. Meine Eltern hatten sich wiedergefunden, ZEIT online, 20.08.2012
    Barry Schwabsky: Rosa Loy, Artforum, May 2012
    2011 Nicola Kuhn: Die Kunst, ein Paar zu sein, Der Tagesspiegel, 02.01.11
    Rosa Loy - Manna (catalog), Kunsthalle Gießen
    Behind the Gardens - Neo Rauch & Rosa Loy (catalog), Collection Essl, Klosterneuburg
    Almuth Spiegler: Behutsamer Paarlauf, ART Magazin, November 2011
    His&Hers, VOGUE, September 2011
    Rose-Marie Gropp: Bella Figura, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), 05.06.2011
    Dort lauern die Ungeheuer - Rosa Loy und Neo Rauch im Interview, LVZ online, 01.09.2011
    2010 Tinka Dippel: Malen, Wand an Wand, Brigitte, 16/2011
    Jelängerjelieber (catalog), Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
    2009 Tony Godfrey: Painting today, Phaidon, London
    Ulrike Knöfel: Disteln und Heilpflanzen, DER SPIEGEL 19/2009
    Uta Baier: Gegen die Tradition, Die Welt, 30.09.2009
    Die Nacht (catalog), Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst (Germany)
    2008 Charley Finch: Close to me, André Schlechtriem Contemporary
    Lisa Yuskavage: About Rosa Loy, Close to me
    2007 Emma Talbot: Neo-Narrative Painting and the Work of Rosa Loy, Garageland, 04/2007
    2006 Rosa Loy - Almanach (catalog), Oldenburger Kunstverein
    Charlie Finch: Babes in Loyland, Artnet
    Goings on About Town, The New Yorker
    Made in Leipzig - Bilder aus einer Stadt (catalog), Collection Essl, Klosterneuburg/Vienna
    Meinhard Michael: Schule des Traums, Leipziger Volkszeitung (LVZ)
    Roberta Smith: Art in Review: Neun Wege, The New York Times
    Elisha Smith-Liverock: Rosa Loy, Bon Magazine
    2005 Heinz-Norbert Jocks: Rosa Loy, Art Forum International (catalog), Galerie der Stadtsparkasse Gütersloh
    2004 EAST International 2004, Norwich Gallery, Norwich (UK)
    2003 Rosa Loy - Die Verbündeten (catalog), Kunstsammlungen Gera / Kunstsammlungen der städtischen Museen Zwickau, Gera (Germany)
    2002 Susanne Altmann: Die Primzahl zwei, Kreuzer, Leipzig
    2001 Tanja Beuthin: Reportage, Marie Claire
    Neal Brown: Review: Rosa Loy, Frieze
    2000 Marc Glöde: 567 Doppelgängige (Pflanzen-) Welt, Blitz Review
    Phil Johnson: Cabbage Patch Dolls..., The Independent on Sunday, London
    Petra Lewey: She is so beautiful, Aktuelle Malerei aus Sachsen und Thüringen (catalog), Städtisches Museum Zwickau
    Rachel Withers: Rosa Loy: Art Forum International, 11/2000
    1999 A little bit of... im Eiscafe, Zwickauer Blick
    Annie Bardon: Die rätselhaften Schönheiten der Rosa Loy, VEAG Förderpreis für Malerei (catalog), VEAG Berlin
    Phil Johnson: Reality Doesn't Bite, The Independent, London
    Lynda Morris: Aura, Pictures to Pictures (catalog), Arnolfini Bristol, Norwich Gallery, Norwich (GB)
    1998 Peter Guth: Schönheit und Schrecken des Kurbades, Leipziger Volkszeitung (LVZ)
    Harald Kunde: Doppelleben, Goldrausch 9, Marstall, Berlin
    1997 Lust und Last (catalog), Germanisches Museum Nürnberg / Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig