Artist Statement

Dave Rogers, a New York based Neo-Contemporary painter, sculptor and public artist, who has shown his work nationally in such areas NY, Miami, NJ and CT and also internationally in such countries as China, Korea, Germany, England, France, Mongolia, Switzerland and Spain. His works are in several private and public collections, as well as having been displayed in Museums, National Libraries, Universities and Cultural Centers, as well as several art fairs including Miami Basel, Toronto Love Art Fair, and the Korea and Hong Kong Affordable Art Fairs. Rogers belongs to The Art and Oil Painting Associations of Jiangmen China, The Huntington and Patchogue Arts Councils, and Studio Montclair, NJ. His work has been featured in Long Island, Miami, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Dominican Republic newspapers and magazines as well as on News 12 and Fios1 Long Island, Miami TV, and Guangdong Television in China.

Rogers’ parents did not want him to be an artist, he hid his artwork from them at a young age, and created most of his work in his teen years when he left home and lived on the streets at the age of 15. Rogers would later finish HS through group homes and while living in shelters, than after HS would spend 14 years in the US Army, serving in Iraq (1990-91), Bosnia (1997), as a first responder at the World Trade Center (2001) and homeland security in New York (2002-2004). Rogers spent seven years as a professor of art and visiting lecturer in art and design through China before returning to New York. He worked as an instructor at three different art organizations on Long Island. He is an art advisor and lecturer for emerging artists and young collectors. He conducts art workshops for veterans, curates art shows for emerging artists and veteran artists, and teaches and lectures at various organizations and schools.

Rogers has won awards for his work with several veteran organizations, and from various art organizations on Long Island, the Disabled Peoples Union of China, the Art Association of Jiangmen, China. He is the winner of the O’Malley Grant in Fine Art from Long Island University, inducted in the Class 2017 for the NYS Veterans Hall of Fame, was named 2016 Man of the Year by the Long Island Advance, and was awarded the Steve Kramer Community Service Award by Artspace Projects. Rogers has done several artist in residence in China and New York to include St. Josephs College in Patchogue. Rogers is a regular fixture in Patchogue, founding and chairing several programs like the Patchogue Breakfast Crawl, the Arts on Terry Street Arts Festival, and the Lights on Veterans Program. He received his BA in Visual Arts with Honors from SUNY Old Westbury, attended the Academy of Art University, and an MFA in Sculpture from Long Island University.

Rogers truly believes that “Even ordinary life can be immortalized through art”.

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