Artists & Designers

Rosa Rolanda (1895-1970)

Rosa Rolanda was an American-born dancer, photographer, and painter who immigrated to Mexico with her husband, Miguel Covarrubias. Born on September 6, 1985, Rolanda was a self-taught painter, who worked in a variety of media such as gouache, watercolor, and ink, among others. Her photography was influenced by the work of photographers Edward Weston and Tina Modotti, her close relationship to American photographer Nicholas Murray, and her admiration for the surrealist Man Ray. With interests similar to Covarrubias, Rolanda created sublime portraits of the populations she visited throughout her life in Mexico, Tunisia, Bali, and elsewhere. She paid particular attention to representations of Mexican folk art, as expressed in her work and dress. Rolanda died on March 25, 1970 in Mexico City.

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Web Resources

  • Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)
    Watch a 2011 video in Spanish produced by the University of the Americas (UDLAP) discussing the life and work of the artist.
  • Bond Latin Gallery
    Watch a 2017 video with Robert Mc Donald discussing three works by female surrealist artists of Mexico, Remedios Varro, Leonora Carrington, and Rosa Rolanda.