Daryl Rosen (1951-1973) lived an artful life and an art-filled life. The former was too brief but it did not keep the latter from being abundant and rich. Daryl was an artist from early in her life, producing drawings, paintings, and objects from metal, found materials and mixed media in her elementary school years. By junior high school, she began formal art studies at a local art school.
By the age of 16, Daryl began the first of her art training adventures, studying at the venerable Art Institute in Florence, Italy and traveling to St. Petersburg to spend time at the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. Her time in Italy and Russia would leave a stamp on her vision and skill in sculpture and painting.
Her adventurous spirit, talent, love of travel and sweet disposition allowed her to continue making deep connections and studying with exceptionally talented art tutors and instructors. She was recognized and courted for her ability. This would lead to art study at Carnegie-Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh and at the London School of Art, immersing herself in both experimental styles and methods and in traditional art forms simultaneously.
By the time she graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Art in January 1973, Daryl knew her chosen forms of artistic expression were in drawing (both painting and line) and in sculpture. In both she has developed a compelling and skilled body of work before she reached voting age.
In the spring of 1973, Daryl completed her last formal course of study at the Art Students League in New York City. She was accepted to begin graduate studies in the Fall of 1973 at Boston University. It was on her way to BU that she, her older sister Lesley. and her father, Charles Rosen, were killed in a tragic roadside car accident on September 3, 1973.
Daryl lived a life on the move, expressing herself in art and adventure with all the exuberance, hope and passion that only the young can possess. She was not blessed with a long life, and the circumstances of her death – quick, hard, and utterly unexpected – left little time for her works to be organized, saved or preserved. POBA is fortunate to have been given access to a small, surviving trove of her watercolors, oils and sculpture. Some are her youngest, untutored works of promise and some show the extraordinary skill and vision she had by her early 20s.
The image featured on this page to represent the artist is a line drawing created by artist Carol Davis for Daryl Rosen, entitled Will MIss You. To see Daryl’s own works, view her portfolio below.