The Artist
Lena Rothman is a Midwest artist trained in the classical, Dutch, and Flemish techniques. She studied at Atelier Lack with Stephen Gjertson and Richard Lack. More recently Rothman studied at the Florence Academy of Art, as well as with Jeffrey Hurinenko and Joseph Paquet.

For Rothman drawing and painting the human face and figure has always been a passion. “People are intriguing”, Rothman admits. She would often use family and friends for subjects. While studying at Atelier Lack, Rothman composed and painted a 4’x3’ full figure oil study of her parents with her Russian and Romanian grandparents from the 1940’s. As her grandparents were deceased, she used small sepia toned photos adding flesh tones and color.

In 1985, a camping trip to northern inspired Rothman’s first landscape, “The Boathouse”, a 48”x32” oil. This piece was exhibited at the Beard Gallery and reviewed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Newspaper noting the highlights of the show –“most notably Lena Rothman’s romantic, twilight landscape “The Boathouse”.

After a trip to Italy in 1995, Rothman was so captivated with the color, landscape and culture that she returned in the summer of 2002 to study at the Florence Academy of Art. There she studied landscape painting with Doud Akriev, a Russian artist trained in St. Petersberg under Piotr Fomin.

That summer Rothman traveled to Iasi, Romania to research her ancestry where yet another passion for the people and culture was sparked. Returning in the summer of 2004, Rothman lived in Iasi and traveled thru Romania returning with a wealth of paintings, experiences and friends.

It was here Rothman met Cristina, a young woman who became a dear friend and model for her painting, ‘Cristina’. Cristina was also a guide and interpreter who introduced Rothman to the many peasants who appear in her paintings. The painting, ‘Cristina’, was selected for the international exhibit, “Richeson 75: Figure, Portrait 2008 Competition”.

Rothman has also exhibited at International Market Square, The Jewish Community Center of St. Paul, the Beard Gallery in Minneapolis, the Romanian Church of St. Paul, the Richeson Gallery, the Kelley Gallery and the St. Croix ArtBarn. Lena is a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Pastel Society of America.