Rachel Ostrow is a Brooklyn based painter and printmaker raised in Buffalo, NY.  Her artwork investigates abstraction and how it  influences the imagination.  She earned her BA in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University (1999), a Post-Baccalaureate Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2002), and an MFA in painting from Hunter College (2008).   She was awarded the Tom Woods award from Hunter College(2008), a printmaking residency at the Gowanus Studio Space , Brooklyn, NY (2010), and residency at the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, Joshua Tree, CA (2012).  She has exhibited in Barcelona, Spain, Aix-en-Provence, France, Buffalo, NY, Joshua Tree, CA and New York City, NY.


Each of my paintings develops its form and character slowly through layers of improvisation. Paint is added and scraped away to expose the work underneath. This process creates forms that playfully skirt recognition and spaces with ambiguous depth. Although these paintings do not follow the rules of the natural visual world, they are far from pure abstraction. They use abstraction to be suggestive; to provoke thought and to engage the viewer's imagination.


b. 1977, Baltimore, MD
Lives and works in

  • 2008Hunter College of the City University of New York, MFA
  • 2008Hunter College, MFA
  • 2002Maryland Institute College of Art, Certificate
  • 2002Maryland Institute College of Art, Certificate
  • 1999Wesleyan University, BA
  • 1999Wesleyan University, BA
  • 2012Joshua Tree Higlands Artist Residency, Joshua Tree, CA
  • 2010Gowanus Studio Space Printmaking Residency, Brooklyn, NY