Marlene Rose was born in New York where she grew up surrounded by art; her mother was a painter and her father a sculptor of found objects. Educated at Promfret School in Connecticut, she expanded her exploration of the visual arts at Tulane University in New Orleans. It was at Tulane that she came into her own as an artist, developing her unique style. She held her first solo exhibition before graduation, with a sell out show at the top gallery in New Orleans.
Following this success she went on to earn a Master’s degree from the California College of the Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. She attended a summer program at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, the epicenter of the American art glass movement. She has since traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, South America, Africa and the Caribbean gaining even more influences and ideas for her work.
Marlene’s luminous sculptures combine the serene image of the Buddha or the spiritual symbolism of the bell tower with the visually strong elements of rusted iron fragments, complex texture and robust color. The resulting body of work reflects the vigor and power inherent in the process, as well as a delicacy of spiritual beauty, both of which seem to express the very nature of artist Marlene Rose.