Ray M. Rosdale

Ray M. Rosdale

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Ray M. Rosdale grew up in San Francisco, California.  With a degree in history focused on modern cultural studies, Ray M. Rosdale is an artist, author, editor and curator, living and working in Brandenburg and Berlin, Germany.

Her artistic work is characterized by the intense investigation of intuitive art processes, allowing for open channels to „let the painting decide what it needs“. Abstracted figurative works alternate with non-representational paintings, drawings, and monotypes. She is inspired by nature, poetry, music, history, and personal memories.

Primarily an oil painter, she is especially interested in historical paints, e.g. cera colla, a wax emulsion/tempera into which dry pigments/pigment pastes are mulled, resulting in a waterborne but water-resistant paint with brilliant hues and luminous transparencies. This painting type/method, also called cold encaustic, was commonly used in the Byzantine period and can also be found in the work of the early Italien masters, and in modern times by the American abstract painter Arthur Dove (1880-1946).


Born 1956 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1976-1977 University of Maryland (Junior Standing)
1978-1986 Social history and culture studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin) and the Technische Universität Berlin (Technical University of Berlin), University degree completed  at the Technische Universität 1986 (Staatsexam)

Projects, Publications, Exhibitions

1979-1980 Board member of „Rock gegen Rechts“ and event coordinator with the British „Rock Against Racism“ NGO. Organization and tour management of music festivals, band tours and benefit concerts, the largest being the First of May celebration in 1980 in Berlin in the Deutschlandhalle with 10,000 concert attendees.

1986-1987 Exhibition: Der Wedding-hart an der Grenze

  • Concept development of the book, exhibition, media package, and event program for the event/exhibition „Der Wedding-hart an der Grenze” (Der Wedding–Hard on the Edge) as part of Berlin’s 750th anniversary celebrations.
  • Exhibition curator and coordinator audio-visuelle Media.
  • Multimedia installation: Inquiries into the experience and consequences for women raped in Berlin directly after the Second World War with oral history audio sequences taken from interviews undertaken with survivors.
  • Video/multimedia installation (concept, research audio-visual material, script, camera, postproduction) with Eberhard Flöter: „Das Ami-Liebchen am Schwarzmarkt“ (Yankee Sweetheart and the Black Market) for the exhibition „Der Wedding–hart an der Grenze“.
  • Text for exhibition catalog: „Im Fluge gezeichnet… als der Krieg vorbei war“ – an oral history of the German self-taught artist Fritz Koch, who documented his imprisonment in a Soviet camp and the destruction of post war Berlin in charcoal and pencil drawings.
  • Editor catalog: Der Wedding–hart an der Grenze. Weiterleben in Berlin nach dem Krieg. Ein Lesebuch. Berlin: Nishen Verlag, 1987

1987 Translation/Editing: Edward P. Thompson: The Making of the English Working Class. Co-Translators: Lotte Eidenbenz, Mathias Eidenbenz, Christoph Groggy, Thomas Lindenberger, Gabriele Mischkowski. The work was published as a two-volume edition by the Suhrkamp Verlag in 1987 with the German title: Die Entstehung der englischen Arbeiterklasse.

1988 Translation/Editing: Historical/pictorial work: Landgang in Berlin. Stadtgeschichte an Landwehrkanal und Spree, English: Down by the River. An Historical Guide to Sightseeing along Berlin’s Waterways. Berlin: Nishen, 1988.

1988-1989 Research Associate DFG (German Research Foundation/Free University Berlin)

1988-1989 Exhibition Project “Russenbilder. Berlin 1945” (Russian Images. Berlin 1945)

  • Curator exhibition „Russenbilder. Berlin 1945“. The exhibition examined the daily life of Soviet soldiers (female and male), their lovers, wives, weddings, and funerals via artifacts: i.e. polaroids and snapshots taken at the time. It was initially shown in West Berlin in the Mobile Museum of the Berlin History Workshop. It then went on to become the first „Western“ exhibition on post-war history shown in the Soviet Military Museum Karlshorst in East Berlin, German Democratic Republic.
  • Editor exhibition catalog: „Russenbilder. Berlin 1945“ Berlin: 1988

1989 „Enttäuschte Unterordnung. Jüdische Erfahrungen im Ersten Weltkrieg,“ (Disappointed Subordination. Jewish Experiences in the First World War), a text for the exhibition catalog August 1914. Ein Volk zieht in den Krieg (August 1914, A Nation Goes to War) — Dirk Nishen: 1989

1990 Teaching contract cultural history Weimarer Republic at the Freie Universität Berlin

1991 Research Associate „Dokumentationszentrum Berliner Geschichtswerkstatt“ (Archiv for historical media of the Berlin History Workshop, an NGO documenting social, cultural, and microhistory.)

1992 Project manager EU-Project „European Museum Network“ (EMN). Virtual collections of artefacts to be presented to museum visitors in different museums simultaneously, synthesising the different focal points of the participating museums. The cultural institutions participating included the German Maritime Museum, the Gulbenkian Foundation (F), the International Council of Museums (F), Kunsthalle Hamburg, Museo Arqueologico Nacional (SP), Museon (NL), Musée des Antiquiertes Nationales (F), National Museum of Denmark, Overseas Museum Bremen.

1994-2018 CEO and editor-in-chief for the online information portal akademie.de. Author and editor of numerous articles and books published by akademie.de.

2000-  Independent consultant for content development, content business models, and website design.

2019-  Independent visual artist with a studio in Gollenberg.

2020-2021 Project management for the 8th Biennial „LANDschafftKUNST“ in Neuwerder, Brandenburg, Germany, exhibiting 28 artists representing visual arts, installations, performance, and dance.

2021 Editor catalogue: LANDschafftKUNST VIII, Gollenberg: 2021

August 5-7, 2022: Exhibition Open Studio Days

LANDschafftKUNST IX, September 2-17, 2023. Opening Times: Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Kastanienweg 1, 14728 Gollenberg (Neuwerder), Germany. (I will be there during opening times if you want to chat.)