Marcel Rozek (b.1992) is an abstract artist interested in color relationships and the role of transparency in stain painting.
Originally from Akron, Ohio, and now located in Los Angeles, California, Rozek uses a staining technique pioneered by the early abstractionists and Washington Color School artists to create his richly layered compositions. He aligns himself with these influential artists, most notably Morris Louis, while pushing beyond the successes of his predecessors and creating a new branch in the tree of color field painting. He begins with liquefied paint that he has mixed and diluted before pouring it directly onto raw unprimed canvas allowing the paint to generate organic shapes and movement. This method creates puddles of color that overlap and extend into one another while soaking into the canvas. As the colors converge, overlap, and blend they absorb at different rates creating unique color families and blurry, spectral forms. Rozek considers his work a reflection of himself with each piece carrying a unique message that changes for every viewer. How Rozek’s message translates is a rumination into the viewers own perspective.
“I try to translate depth and intuition to the viewer in the hopes we can have a conversation and a connection,” he says.
In 2017, Rozek earned his bachelors degree in studio art with a minor in drawing and painting from the Myers School of Art in Akron, Ohio. Since completing his undergraduate studies, Rozek has exhibited work with collectors from Istanbul, London, and Rome among others.