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Clare Rojas

Born 1976, Columbus, Ohio 

Parallel to her career as a painter, Clare Rojas also has an active life as a musician. Under the name Peggy Honeywell, she plays the banjo and sings folk and bluegrass. In both roles she takes her own memories and experiences and turns them into stories of universal themes and imagery.

After earning her undergraduate degree in printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, and graduate degree in painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rojas settled in San Francisco. She joined a circle of artists known as the Mission School whose works often embrace the aesthetic of sign painting and the sensibilities of Americana arts and crafts. The imagery of many of Rojas’s works often seems like scenes out of her own album of fairytales. The flowering branch of Bleeding Hearts may have been cut from Rojas’s own garden, or from the stylized forms found in a traditional Red and White quilt.

Rojas’s work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions and collected by museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the Berkeley Art Museum.