About Me

Finding the beauty in the community around me.

To me, art is about gathering data and recording expressed moments that capture the essence of a scene. While I am primarily a figurative artist, I am increasingly interested in the play of abstract geometric forms that begin a painting. I use shape, value and color to expose the emotion and energy of my subject matter.

I grew up in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the heart of Denver and would continually watch how people interacted with one another, in good ways and bad. My paintings are stories of urban people; their struggles and joys, their emotions and their humanity. My work can be as simple as a portrait that captures the spirit of the sitter, or a street scene where a homeless person gathers their thoughts before their next move.

The art happens when the subject unites with form and color to convey feeling in a way that transcends representationalism—where a painting gives a real sense of person and place.


Artist CV
Rochelle D. Johnson
303.907.1913 / rochelle.johnson696@gmail.com

1964 Born, Denver, Colorado. Currently resides in Denver, Colorado


1992 B.A., Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Denver, Colorado
2007-2011 Art Students League of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Studied with Ron Hicks, Andrea T. Kemp, and Jordan Wolfson

Selected Exhibitions

2018 The Search Within: Daughters of the Diaspora, The Art Center, Group Exhibition, Grand Junction, Colorado, Curated by Rochelle Johnson

2017 Inclusion: Diverse Voices of the Modern West, The McNichols Civic Center Building, Group Exhibition, Denver, Colorado, Curated by Rochelle Johnson

2014 African-American Contemporary Artists, Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, Group Exhibition, Greenwood Village, Colorado
2013 2013 Summer Exhibit, White Stone Gallery
Group Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2012 The Culture of African American Art, Republic Plaza Building
Group Exhibition, Denver, Colorado, Curated by Andra Archer
2011 Emergence: Contemporary Artist to Watch, Galerie Myrtis Fine Art Gallery, Group Exhibition , Baltimore, Maryland
2010 A Woman’s Work, Avisca Fine Art Gallery
Group Exhibition of 20 women visual artist, Marietta, Georgia
2009 Black Artists Speak, the Arts Students League of Denver,
Group Exhibition presented by Sankofa Arts Alliance, Denver, Colorado, With Guest Faculty Artist Ron Hicks and Michael Gadlin
Curator Rochelle Johnson
2008 Family, CORE New Art Space, Group Exhibition presented by Sankofa
Arts Alliance in the Santa Fe Artsdistrict, Denver, Colorado
Sankofa! Sankofa! Looking Back-Moving Forward, Lakewood Cultural
Center, Group Exhibition (November through February) Lakewood,
2007 Sankofa Celebrates Black History Month, The Other Sides Arts (TOSA), the Aurora Arts District, Aurora, Colorado
2006 Finding Common Ground CHAC Gallery and Collaborative exhibit with Sankofa Arts Collective, Sankofa Back Do’ Studio And The Chicano Humanities Arts Council at the, Denver, Colorado, Santa Fe Artsdistrict and Five Points cultural district
The Soul of Colorado Exhibition Denver International
Collective exhibition at the Denver International Airport
Airport (February through April), Denver, Colorado

Selected Bibliography

American Art Collector, Personal Connections the Figure in Art, December, 2014
American Art Collector, Enduring Interpretations Collecting Portraits, August, 2013
Ekakshara, selected image, 2009
The African American Voice, Artist’s Profile, May, 2007
The Urban Spectrum, By Her Hand, March, 2005
When a Sistah’s Fed Up, cover illustration, 2005