Rose Masterpol was born in New York and currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received a B.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts. Since a child, it was apparent that she would lead a life of creativity from music to drawing, sculpture, photography, and painting. Masterpol holds a graphic design degree from CalArts and has worked for many years in advertising agencies in Los Angeles as a creative director along-side her painting career. She has been exhibiting regularly throughout California, Mexico, and the American west since the 1990s, including one-person exhibits in Los Angeles, Provincetown and Santa Barbara. Her work is acquired from collectors in Los Angeles across to New York City and abroad to Hong Kong. She has been published in many featured articles in blogs, newspapers, websites and magazines.
I work in a series format which allows myself and the work to progress and never stop evolving. I literally use a jumping-off-a-bridge into the abyss modus. In there I compose, allow, surrender and give birth to something unsuspecting. I relinquish thought so something else can emerge, something unexplainable. The stuff in—between existence and non-existence is my playground. The work is explicit without using any vocabulary, for there are only so many words to describe or classify what we already know and live by. Discussing my work is difficult precisely for that very reason. For me my work is that of a guttural feeling, not thought. Because I am highly sensitive, vulnerable and emotional, I am vastly open to possibilities that are not otherwise present or available. I love the way I feel when I am painting, it is a true reflection of who I really am, inside—out. Painting makes me feel stable…not alone, I feel a heightened sense of self like no other time. In the end, the result is a self-actualized breathing entity, which is a part of the whole (body of work), kind of like how the universe works.