Maxwell Roath

Maxwell Roath

Colorado, USA | Oil and Pencil

Artist Statement

Maxwell Roath was born in Denver, CO in 1989. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2020. He studied at the Ryder Studio, Santa Fe, NM in 2021, and he completed the Printers Training Program at the Tamarind Institute Albuquerque, NM, in 2022. Roath’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at venues such as Art Gym, Denver, CO (2023). His work has been included in group exhibitions such as Ink, Press, Repeat: National Juried Printmaking and Book Art Exhibition, William Paterson University Galleries, Wayne, NJ (2023); Five Points Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT (2021); Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London, UK (2020); Megalo Intaglio Online Exhibition, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Kingston, Australia (2020); 4th NY International Miniature Print Exhibition, Manhattan Graphics Center, NY (2019); Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Member Show, The Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, New York, NY (2019); and Published by the Artist, International Print Center New York, NY (2019). Roath’s work is included in the Albuquerque Public Art Collection. He lives in Denver, CO.

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Artist Statement Cont’d

Roath’s artwork focuses on the dreamlike qualities of existence, and the innate sense of awe that is inherent in whatever new world that day decides to create. His pieces’ are constructed using compositional elements from the Renaissance, while his color choices and energetic atmosphere are influenced by the Impressionists. Inspired by the Symbolists, his concepts use himself, friends, hybrid creatures, interstellar monoliths, and objects from his life, creating a parallel narrative to his own blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. Maxwell explores his own unique experiences to share them with the viewer, investigating the overlap of the imagined and the real, manifesting surreal emotions in everyday moments. Through paintings, drawings, lithographs, etchings and woodcuts, he creates work combining humor with nostalgic moments. His art evokes longing, self reflection, and alludes to a world grappling with the impermanence of human existence.