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Kerstin Roolfs. Artist

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Kerstin Roolfs is a German-American artist whose work has addressed the themes of portraiture, sports, history and politics. Her text based work is often inspired by great minds like Plato, Goethe, Sloterdijk, Hölderlin and Adonis.

Kerstin relocated from Berlin to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1994 and to the Bronx, NY in 2016, where she lives and works. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and part of numerous group exhibitions in the US, Canada, Russia and Europe, including two museum exhibitions in Germany.



Harvard Graduate School of Education
Master of Education (Arts in Education), Cambridge, MA

1994 - 1996

Promotion of Young Scholars Grant (Berliner Graduiertenförderung or NaFoeG), Berlin, 1994/96 and DAAD stipend (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst or DAAD) by the German Academic Exchange Service, New York 


University of Fine Arts (Universität der Künste), Berlin, Germany
Master Student, Prof. Wolfgang Petrick, Berlin

1986 - 1987

FU & John F. Kennedy Institute, North American Studies and

English Philology


City University of New York /Queensborough Community College New York

William Whipple Art Gallery at Southwest State University, Minnesota

Private Collections in the USA and Europe


2023/24  Renewable Energy - ‘Erneuerbare Energien’ exhibition starts at the ‘Ministerium für

                    Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Energie Land Brandenburg’, Berlin Potsdam/Germany on

                    November 1st. Exhibit travels to Erfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf in Germany and ends

                    in Brussels/Belgium. Curator Jutta Wiegert, Galerie Kam, Hamburg/Germany 
2023   Art & Poetic Text, Cape Cod Cultural Center, Yarmouth, MA
2022/23 ‘Sun Source of Life’ exhibit at Bergedorf Castle Museum, Hamburg/Germany

2021    In the Air, Kerstin Roolfs paintings&drawings 2019-21 at Stride Arts Gallery, NYC

              opening October 28th, runs through December 2nd 

2021    Pop up and pick up, August 28th in Lübeck, Germany

              information at

2021    A Midsummer's Night’s Dream, group exhibit at Stride Arts Gallery NYC

2021    Black & White online group exhibit at The Cape Cod Cultural Center, MA

2020   Members exhibition at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA

2020   Online exhibit at Truro Center for the Arts Castle Hill, MA

2020   Provincetown Art Association and Museum,Small Works, MA

2020   Online group exhibit in the Gutman Gallery/library at the Harvard Graduate 

               School of Education in Cambridge, MA

2019    Stride Arts Fall Exhibition, New York, NY

2019    Stride Arts Opening Exhibition, New York, NY

2019    Stiftung Starke Berlin, curator Franziska Salomon, Berlin,Germany

2018/19   Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Small Works, MA

2018    Faces Exhibition at Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017    Nasty Woman Exhibition at the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, NYC

2016/17   Members Exhibition at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA 2016

                 - Silent Auction & Exhibition at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA

                 - Silent Auction & Exhibition at Truro Center for the Arts, MA

                 - Clio Art Fair in New York City

2015    “Representational Art in the 21st Century”, University of Hawaii - Hilo (SAiH 2015)

2014    People’s Choice Grand Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY -

               -Living in Color, Studio 5404, Massapequa, NY

               -Survivors, Stiftung Starke, Berlin, Germany

2013   Zeitgeber, Gallery Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

2012   Biennale Hamburg, Germany

2011    Mitrofana Grekova Museum, Athensart Philanthropic Exhibition, Russia

            - Print Exhibit Project, Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto

            - The Big Show 6, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton

2006   Little Women, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn

2005   ARTE.GO – Feltrecontemporanea – Earth, Italy

             - Eros und Thanatos, Konzeptraum 19, Berlin, German 

             - Deep Action, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany

2004   Standpunkte, Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach am Main, Germany

2003/4   Sixty Siblings of Speculation,Paul Labreque, NYC

2002   Messineo Wyman Projects, New York, NY
            - People, Power, Money and War, Citibank, New York, NY

2001    R.Liberman, K.Roolfs, Sylvia Schuster, Messineo Wyman Projects, NY

            - Up To Now, LL Gallery, New York, NY

2000  Salon Show, Messineo Wyman Projects, New York, NY

1999    Mother/Earth Ridge Street Gallery, NYC

            - Faces at Böhringer Mercedes Benz Showroom, Stuttgart Germany

1998   Send in the Clones, Emerging Collector Gallery, NYC

           - Nuture Art, Right Bank Gallery, Brooklyn

           - Daisy and her Friends, MaxFish, NYC

           - Faces at S. Tschackert, Frankfurt Germany

1997    Drawings, Lorenzo Fine Arts, NYC

1996    GEDOK, Augenblicke, Lübeck, Germany

            - Faces German Consulate Gallery, NYC

1995     Either/Or curated by Kenny Schachter, NYC

             - Incubus Aktions Galerie Berlin, Germany

1992-1995  Drawings, Gallery Dütsch-Grandjean, Saas Fee Switzerland

1994   Nahubus, Gallery J. Fragnera, Prague, Czech Republic

Selected Bibliography

Erneuerbare Energien, catalog, October 2023
Project High Art: Link
IXInternational Painting Biennale, catalog, ISBN 978-3-9818192-5-0,
March 2023

Voices - catalog, April 2015

Kerstin Roolfs - New York, 2.Decade, September 2013

1.Int.Biennale Hamburg, Jutta Wiegert, 2012/13

International Contemporary Artists Volume II, 2011

International Contemporary Artists Volume I, 2010

James Kalm, Deep Action, Kehrer Verlag, 2005

Dr. Jutta Müller, Zwischen den Deichen, Juni 2002

Joyce Korotkin, The New York Art World, January 2001

Eike Gebhard, Kerstin Roolfs - Berlin - New York - 1.Decade, Juni 1999

Ulrike Abel, Nahubek, Galerie Fragnera, Prague, 1994

Marina von Assel, Zwischen den Deichen1, 1993

If you are interested in Kerstin’s work please contact:

Stride Arts LLC , New York City

Wyman Contemporary, New  York City


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