Rose Frantzen

American, Born 1965

Accomplished American Realist Rose Frantzen applies an allegorical aspect in which she places her subjects in abstract or surreal settings. She presents her sitters as an archetypal characters situated in his or her own internal stage. Although born and raised in Iowa, Rose Frantzen received her formal art education at Chicago’s American Academy of Art. She later pursued her studies at the famed Palette & Chisel Academy where she studied under the mentorship of Richard Schmid. Later, she went on to study anatomy and sculpture at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Rose Frantzen has since returned to her hometown of Maquoketa, Iowa where she continues to paint from her studio in the town’s former city hall. Her work has evolved to include diverse stylistic elements such s gilt, stained glass and mosaic. She carefully crafts unique frames that are integral elements to the final piece. In recent years she has begun teaching workshops at the Palette & Chisel as well as the Scottsdale Artist School and the Portrait Society of America. She received a grant from the Iowa Arts Council to complete a community-oriented project featuring 180 paintings of residents of her hometown, titled, “Portraits of Maquoketa” that was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC in 2009/2010. Her work has been featured in US Art Magazine, Art Talk, Southwest Art, Workshop Magazine, International Artist, and Portrait Signatures.