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Roger Voelker
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint

ARTIST STATEMENT: Roger Voelker is a New York artist that has exhibited all over the United States and in Barcelona (Spain). His art shows a special interest in exploring different cultures from Ancient to Modern times. We can find concepts and ideas that relate to rituals, legends and mythology. In his art work we can see how different elements of nature have been used by man to create their reality or myth. This is the best metaphor of his visual representation. Looking at his work one can sense the primitive spirit that inspired art. It is through this primitive way of expression, that motivated primitive men to paint in caves, with the use of colors, shapes and textures where man can find the ultimate goal of art: to transcend and become immortal, a key idea that will inspire any artist. Roger Voelker´s most recent works are titled: Fire, Genesis, Cave and Light and Darkness. His latest four pieces: Woman with jewels, Tree in cement, Totem and Artifact have been influenced by the mystical and spiritual approaches of how American Indians try to make an artistic representation of their reality. He uses the textures of tin cans and stones to evoke the jewels and crafts created by American Indians. Silver is a predominant color in these pieces as it is constantly present in the creations of jewels by Native Americans. Roger Voelker believes that we live in a world of crisis that needs to build the bridges with the past, a world that needs rituals, totems and artifacts. He uses them as amulets that can protect us from the alienating forces that oppress the modern man. In a world of war, desolation, isolation and daily frustrations we must do a retro and introspective journey to find the renewal energy of rituals that connect us back with life. The many artificial intelligences men have created that are ruling mass societies have alienated the soul of the modern man. Roger Voelker wants to reconnect with nature´s intelligence, wisdom and intuition. As a shaman the purpose of these pieces is to heal the soul of the viewer.

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50 Box Street
Brooklyn, N.Y.11222
phone 917 294 9971
1978 Master of Fine Arts
Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute college of Art, Studied with
Grace Hartigan, Salvatore Scarpitta, Robert Moskowitz
1976 Bachelor of Fine Arts
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Studied Photography and Painting
Grants, Publications, and Exhibitions:
2004 Forum of the Cultures Barcelona, Spain
2001 Los Brazos de Shiva, book cover
2001 Entre el Mediterraneo y el Atlantico, book cover
1997 Hybrido magazine, cover
1996 Broome Street Gallery, NYC
juror: Grace Glueck, NY Times Art Critic
1993 Cuny Gallery, NYC
1989 The New York Art Review book, 2 photographs, review
1987 One Man Show,Jus de Pomme Gallery, New York City
1987 Works on Paper, Jus de Pomme Gallery, New York City
1986 The Emerging Collector, New York City
1983 Louis Comfort Tiffany grant nominee
1980 Michigan Artists 80/81
jurors:Linda Shearer, Assistant Curator, Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum. Athens Tacha,
Associate Professor of Art, Oberlin College. Anne Tucker, Curator of Photography, Museum of
fine Arts, Houston, Texas
1979 45th Flint Area Exhibition, Flint, Michigan
juror: Ronald A. Kuchta, Director, Eberson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y.
1979 One Man Exhibition, American Assoc. of University Women, Midland, MI.
1978 Fortieth Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, The Society of the Four Arts,
Palm Beach, Florida
Juror: Thomas N. Armstrong, III, Director of the Whitney Museum
1978 MFA Hoffberger Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
1978 Watercolor U.S.A. 1978, Springfield Art Museum, Missouri
Juror: Robert Natkin and Judith Dolnick Natkin
1978 Michigan Annual 6, Mt. Clements, Michigan
Juror: Jacqueline Feigenson, FeigensonRosenstein Gallery, Detroit
1978 Two Man Exhibition, Apathy Project, Baltimore, Maryland
1977 Hoffberger Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
1977 FIA 44th Flint Area Exhibition
Juror: Roy Slade, President, Cranbrook Academy of Art. Joseph Ishikawa, Director, Kresge Art
Gallery, Michigan State U.
1976 The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida
Juror: Jarnes M. Wood, Director, The St. Louis Art Museum
1976 BFA Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mpls.
1976 One Man Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mpls MN.

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