Expressionist painter and printmaker Susan Rothenberg was born in Buffalo, New York in 1945. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1966 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She also studied at the Corcoran School of Art and George Washington University in Washington D.C. In 1970, she was employed as an assistant to artist, Nancy Graves, who is credited with easing Rothenberg’s way into the art world.
Around 1973, Rothenberg’s horse paintings began to appear, evolving in the 1980s into the human figure. Rothenberg moved to New Mexico in 1990 and her subject matter began to reflect her new environment, though her style and expressionist attitude continued to reflect abstract traits.
Rothenberg was the recipient of a Creative Artists Public Service Grant in 1976-1977 from New York State and she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980. She has participated in exhibitions at the Whitney Musuem of American Art, The Mayor Gallery in London, the Willard Gallery in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Los Angeles County Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, to name a few. “Susan Rothenberg the Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne” was published in 1987 by Maxwell’s Business.