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Dave Rogers is a 14 year veteran of the army who served in The Gulf War, Bosnia, as a First Responder at the World Trade Center on 9-11 and Homeland Security missions for NY State. Rogers, a New York based Neo-POP and Neo Surrealist painter, installation and sculpture artist and independent curator, who has shown his work nationally and internationally.

His Neo-Surrealism paintings and sculptures are a series done to reflect his time in Iraq, Bosnia, and as a First Responder at the World Trade Center. Like most of my art, my paintings are influenced from my time in the army and my travels around the world. They are a reflection of the void inside of us, that empty feeling we have at the end of the day, that some how we are not yet complete or done. A combination of impressionism and surrealism they are strongly inspired by the great master artists I have studied and come to admire for their expressions of the world around us, and their exploration of even the most common of things in life. It is for this reason that I have come to believe that “Even ordinary life can be immortalized in art” and have explored these relationships between the known and unknown aspects of life.

His Neo-POP works are a statement on the influence of POP culture on the world, using icons and images from eastern traditional cultures and combining them with western POP logos and icons that have become common symbols throughout these cultures, in many cases causing them to lose a sense of their own cultures and beliefs. Rogers work is reflective of the downfall of the art world today, consumed by mass production and controlled by an over exaggerated art market. “We are so focused on having what everyone else has, being driven by the market, that we tend to ignore the wonders of the world around us.” 

Rogers belongs to The Guild of American paper cutters, the Chinese Art and Oil Painting Associations, The Huntington and Patchogue Arts Councils, and Studio Montclair. His work has been featured in Long Island, Chinese, Korean and Japanese newspapers and magazines as well as on Fios1 Long Island and Guangdong Television in China. Rogers spent seven years as a professor of art and visiting lecturer in art and design through China before returning to New York. He is currently an instructor at 2 different art organizations, an art advisor and lecturer for emerging artists. Rogers has won awards for his work with the Disabled Peoples Union of China, and the Art Association of Jiangmen, China and the Chinese Government, and from several art organizations on Long Island. He is also the winner of the O’Malley Grant in Fine Art from Long Island University. He received his BA in Visual Arts with Honors from SUNY Old Westbury, and an MFA in Sculpture from Long Island University.

Current Affiliation:

  • Guild of American Papercutters
  • Huntington Arts Council
  • Patchogue Arts Council, Patchogue, NY
  • Studio Montclair, Mount Clair, NJ
  • Chinese Art Association (Jiangmen Chapter), Jiangmen, China
  • Jiangmen Oil Painting Association, Jiangmen, China

Exhibits:

Public Works/Sculptures:

  • Three Fish, Patchogue Garden Club Garden on Terry St. (Work in Progress)
  • Mural, Artspace Presents, in the Village of Patchogue (Work in Progress)
  • Random Acts of Art, Terra Cottas on Display, St. Joseph’s College 23 Oct 2013
  • Mural, Hand Car Wash, South Hamptons Car Wash, Spring 2013
  • Dancing Star, Found Metal Sculpture, March 2013
  • Mural, City Garden, Street Painting, Howl Festival, May 2012
  • Participant in the Roy Stabb Environmental project at LIU Post, 2012 (Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy)
  • The New American Dream, Exhibit at LIU Post Sculpture Gallery
  • El Último Libro estará expuesto en la Biblioteca Aguilar de la New York Public Library desde el 2 de Febrero al 29 de mayo de 2011
  • El Último libro será (The Last Book of Art) expuesto en la Zentral Bibliothek de Zurich, Switzerland desde el marzo al Julio de 2010
  •  Diaolou Construction Kit, WuYi University Library, Architecture Department, Jiangmen, China, 2010
  • El Último libro será (Last Book of Art) expuesto en la Biblioteca Nacional de España, 2009
  • Mural, The Fighting Irish, 1-69Infantry Unit, 2003
  • Mural, Flight of the Dragon, 458 Medical Unit, Alabama, 1998
  • Mural, Quartermaster Command, 224 MI BN, Savannah GA, 1993
  • Mural, Fighting Deltas, Training Command, SC, 1991

Current Exhibits:

  • Art Fair, Cultural Souls Art Expo, Miami FL, Aug, 2014

Upcoming Exhibits:

  • (Joint Exhibit), Untitled, Bangladesh, India, Sept 2014
  • Modern-ism’s 2, Artspace Patchogue, Sept-Oct 2014
  • PAC-MAC Festival, Patchogue, NY Oct 2014
  • Art Fair, Cultural Souls Art Fair, Dominican Republic, Sept, 2014
  • (Solo Exhibit), Studies in Colors Neo-Surrealism Exhibit, St Joseph’s College, Sayville, NY Oct 2014
  • PAC-MAC Art Fair, Patchogue, NY Oct 2014

Past Exhibits:

  • Beards and Bards, Sparkboom Exhibit at Walt Whitman Birthplace, July-Aug 2014
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Artspace Patchogue, June 2014
  • Art in the Hall, Presented by the Islip Art Museum at Islip Town Hall, May 2014
  • Hell’s Kitchen Art Walk, “Art in the Kitchen”, Times Scare, NY, May-June 2014
  • “Architectures de papier” (Paper design), Travelling Tour, Sponsored by The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris, 2013-2014
  • Artists United, United Ink Convention, Nassau Coliseum, May 2014
  • “Beautiful Crime 2”, Read’s Artspace, Bridgeport, CT April-May 2014
  • Inspired by Words”, Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, Home of Laurel Arts, Somerset, PA April 2013 – April 2014
  • Photo Exchange Exhibit, Foto-Foto Gallery, Huntington, NY, April 2014
  • Northwest Meets South East, Patchogue Artspace Gallery, Patchogue, NY, April 2014
  • “The Modern ism’s”, Patchogue Artspace Gallery, Patchogue, NY Jan 5-22, 2014
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears, Exchange Exhibit with LIU Post and Artspace Patchogue, Nov 2013
  • (Solo Exhibit), “Time and the Fragility of Life Exhibit”, Alfred Van Leon Gallery, South Huntington Public Library, Oct 2013
  • Random Acts of Art, St, Joseph’s College, 23 Oct, 2013
  • United Ink Tattoo Expo, Cradle of Aviation, Long Island CIty, NY, Sept 2013
  • Landscape Exhibit, Huntington Arts Council, July – Aug 2013
  • Members Exhibit, Patchogue Arts Council, July – Aug 2013
  • Pride, G-Galery, Bellmore, NY, July- Aug 2013
  • Colorful Summer, The New York Art Connection, Holbrook, NY, July 2013
  • Bushwich Open Studios, BOS space 776, Bushwich, NY, June 2013
  • Artists United, United Ink Convention, Nassau Coliseum, June 2013
  • Asylum, G-Gallery, Bellmore, NY, May 2013
  • Hells Kitchen Artist Walk, Hells Kitchen, NYC, May 2013
  • Spring Time, Brookhaven Arts, Bellport, NY March 2013
  • National Veterans Creative Arts Competition, VA Hospital Northport, March 2013
  • “Fish” Three Perspectives, The Sculpture Building Studio, LIU Post, Old Brookville, NY, FEB 2013
  • “Treasure Hunt”, BankAsiana, Flushing Branch, Flushing, NY, Feb 2013
  • “Faces and Figures”, Brookhaven Arts, Feb 2013
  • “Architectures de papier” (Paper design), The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris, Oct 2012-March 2013
  • State of the Art 2013, Montclair Studio, Montclair, NJ, Jan -April 2013
  • (Solo Exhibit), Stars and Strips, Creative Arts Studio, Sea Cliff, NY, FEB 2013
  • (Co-Curator) Emerging Artist Exhibit, Hutchinson Gallery, Old Brookville, NY Jan – Feb 2013
  • Still Life Juried Exhibit, Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY, Dec 2012 – Jan 2013
  • Window Dressing, Islip Arts Council, Islip NY, Nov 2012 – Jan 2013
  • Walking Artist Tour, Patchogue Artists Council and Fresh Art Long Island, Patchogue, NY Sept to Nov 2012
  • Green Acres and Simple Pleasures, Piermont Straus Gallery, Sept 4th to Nov 5th, 2012
  • Islip Walking Artists Tour, Kennedy’s Gifts / 474 Main Street, Islip NY, Oct to Nov 2012
  • (Solo Exhibit) Words of War, Hillwood Gallery, Brookville, NY, Oct 2012
  • (Solo Show) Deconstructing POP, Ripe Art Gallery, Greenlawn, NY August 2012
  • Paperworks Juried Exhibition, b.j. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY August 2012
  • Small Works Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Greenpoint, NY August 2012
  • El Último Libro (The Last Book of Art), la Carl von Ossietzky Staats und Universitäts Bibliothek de Hamburgo, del 15 de mayo al 1 de julio de 2012
  • Fill the Space Salon Show, Spacewomb Gallery, Long Island City, NY July 14-31 2012
  • Último Libro (The Last Book of Art), la Carl von Ossietzky Staats und Universitäts Bibliothek de Hamburgo, del 15 de mayo al 1 de julio de 2012
  • Art Takes Times Square, Billboard Premier in Times Square on June 18th, 2012
  • Howl Festival, Painting in Tompkins Square Park, June 2-3, 2012
  • Grand Opening Exhibit, My Studio Gallery, Port Washington, NY, May-June 2012
  • Exchange Exhibit with Sungshin Womens University, Seoul, South Korea, 23-25 May 2012
  • Exchange Exhibit with Honam University, Gwangju, South Korea, 20-22 May 2012
  • Exchange Exhibit with Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea, 17-19 May 2012
  • Exchange Exhibit with Ulsan University, Ulsan, South Korea, 14-16 May 2012
  • 2012 People Choice Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY May 2012
  • WHITE BOX SPRING BENEFIT 2012,  HONORING AI WEIWEI
 with the 1st Richard J. Massey Foundation – White Box
Arts and Humanity Award, White Box Gallery, April 2012
  • Art After Dark, (Featured Demonstrating Artist), ALLI, Dix Hills, NY April, 2012
  • Putnam Art Council, Member Exhibit, Bell Levine Art Center, Mahopac, NY, March 2012
  • Love Letters Exhibit, Creative Arts Studio Sea Cliff New York, Feb 12 2012
  • (Solo Exhibit) The New American Dream, LIU Post Sculpture Gallery, Brookville, NY Jan 31-Feb 11 2012
  • Exchange Exhibit with Ulsan University, Hutchins Gallery B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, C.W. Post, Dec 2012
  • 10×10=100 Art Show and Sale, Greenport, NY Dec 2011
  • Long Island Art League Fine Art Exhibit Part II, Long Island Art League Gallery, Dix Hills, NY, Nov-Dec 2011
  • Glimpses @ the Box Gallery, The Creative Arts Studio, Sea Cliff, NY Nov-Dec 2011
  • Art After Dark, (Featured Artist), Long Island Art Council, Dix Hills, NY 27 Oct 2011
  • C.W. Post MFA Group Exhibit, Bayshore Firehouse Gallery, Bayshore, NY Oct 2011
  • Putnam Art Council Fine Art Show 2011, Bell Levine Art Center @ Arts on the Hill, Mahopac, NY, Oct-Nov 2011
  • 9-11, A Decade Later, Art Theropy Exhibit, NYU Commons Gallery, NY, Sept 2011
  • The Sixth Seeking Love for Land of Western China – Chinese Painting, Oil Painting Exhibition, Mongolia, Kang Bashi District Cultural Arts Center office, Erdos City Aug, 2011
  • Jiangmens Foreign Expert Talent Competition, WuYi University Art Building, Jiangmen, China, July 2011
  • Jiangmen’s 1st Annual Oil Painting Competition, Li Tiefu Art Museum Jiangmen, China, Jan-March 2011
  • El “Último Libro” estará expuesto en la Biblioteca Aguilar de la New York Public Library desde el 2 de Febrero al 29 de mayo de 2011
  • (Solo Exhibit) Fragile Life: West Concepts meets East Techniques. He Yitang Gallery, PLC of Hanmo HeYi Cultural Media, Jiangmen, China July 2010
  • El Último libro será (The Last Book of Art) expuesto en la Zentral Bibliothek de Zurich, Switzerland desde el marzo al Julio de 2010
  • (Solo Exhibit) Fragile Life: East Meets West, Jiangmen Culture Center, Jiangmen, China June 2010
  • (Solo Exhibit) Eastern Modernism: Fragil Life Papercutting Exhibit, Wuyi University Library, Jiangmen, China May 2010
  • Jiangmen Disabled Peoples Union Art Competition, Li Tiefu Art Museum, Jiangmen, China, Dec 2009
  • Teacher Exhibition, Wuyi University Library Exhibition Hall, Wuyi University, Jiangmen, China, May 2009
  • El Último libro será (Last Book of Art) expuesto en la Biblioteca Nacional de España, 2009
  • Celebrating 30 Years of China’s Opening and Reform Exhibit, Li Tiefu Art Museum Jiangmen, China 2008
  • Jiangmen Oil Painting Exhibit, Jiangmens Oil Painting Association, Jiangmen Li Tiefu Art Museum 2008
  • Jiangmen Annual Art Exhibit Li Tiefu Art Museum, Jiangmen, China 2008
  • (Solo Exhibit) Eastern Modernism, Jin Xi Book Store Exhibit Hall, Jiangmen, China, 2007

Curated Exhibits

  • Cultural Souls Art Expo, Miami FL, Aug 2014
  • Artspace Unplugged, Co-Curated with Sparkboom, Artspace Patchogue, Aug 2014
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Artspace Patchogue, June 2014
  • “The Modern ism’s”, Patchogue Artspace Gallery, Patchogue, NY Jan 5-22, 2014
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears, Exchange Exhibit with LIU Post and Artspace Patchogue, Nov 2013
  • United Ink Tattoo Expo, Cradle of Aviation, Long Island CIty, NY, Sept 2013
  • “Fish” Three Perspectives, The Sculpture Building Studio, LIU Post, Old Brookville, NY, FEB 2013
  • (Co-Curator) Emerging Artist Exhibit, Hutchinson Gallery, Old Brookville, NY Jan – Feb 2013
  • Glimpses @ the Box Gallery, The Creative Arts Studio, Sea Cliff, NY Nov-Dec 2011

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