Rose Freymuth-Frazier is a first generation American artist, born and raised in a small gold rush town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California.

She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. After completing her training in theatre, and a couple of years spent in Hollywood which included a starring role as "Joy" on MTV's Undressed, Rose turned her attention to her other creative interest - figurative oil painting.

Seeking rigorous technical training that most art schools did not offer at the time, she returned to New York City and studied for two years at the Art Students League of New York. After taking a master class at the New York Academy of Art with Steven Assael, she continued her studies in a tradition common to painters of the past, through full-time apprenticeship. Her first apprenticeship was for two years under Assael in his New York City studio and her second was with Odd Nerdrum in Norway, at his farm and studio on the North Sea.

Rose's mother and grandmother were both artists. Her work draws from a deep connection to the women who came before her as well as German art and culture passed down through her German Jewish refugee family, particularly that which was labeled as "degenerate" art. Her large-scale figurative oil paintings draw on a range of sources from intimate moments with loved ones and her Persian cat, to the detachment of pinup and soft porn, stock photography, and advertisements. Through an exploration of the subconscious, she depicts themes both personal and universal.

With her Couch Paintings series, Rose incorporates Freud's Theory of Personality: Id, Ego and Superego, using a complex language of symbolism to address themes such as female sexuality, loss of innocence, consumerism, domestication, gender roles, androgyny, and body image in modern-day America.  

Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in private collections around the world, including The Seven Bridges Foundation, The Bennett Collection of Women Realist, Collection of Gillian Flynn, Collection of Milane Duncan Frantz and the Collection of Michele Peterson. 

She has received attention and reviews from numerous publications including Playboy Magazine, Ms. Magazine, ArtNews, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Art Papers, American Artist Magazine, and The Huffington Post.

In 2023, Rose accepted German citizenship as part of reparations, and she now holds dual American and German citizenship. She lives and paints in New York City.

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