BIO


Rolf Anthony Young – Artist


Artist lives & works in Charleston, South Carolina


Artist Statement

I believe that making art is a devotion of the mind, spirit, and soul of the artist. Each of these entities must work together to create a cohesive work. I love to experiment with equipment, techniques, and materials within my artwork. My artworks range from paintings, to objects, and to fashion, all possess a unique identifying theme, avant-garde. It is through working within the avant-garde aesthetic, I catapult my viewers into my world which curates around the idea that nothing should be left out. I love to allow my ideas to blossom together and create a foundation for the unexpected. I often decode my experiences in life into abstract works of art which can either be a large-scale painting, an unbalanced object, or more recently, garments that focus on sustainability. The work of Basquiat, John Baldessari, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Joan Mitchell, Nam June Paik, Mark Bradford, David Hammons and Shepard Fairey have all been an influence on me as an artist. I believe any material can submit to the desire of the artist, if the artist is willing to allow the unexpected to occur. The future is unknown, and it is what I do in the present moment that satisfies my goals as an artist.    

A Bit About the Artist

Accolades & Awards

2023
Emerging Artist Grant, South Carolina Arts Commission
Artist Entrepreneur Incubator, 6 Week Workshop, South Carolina Arts Commission
Honorable Mention, James Island Arts & Cultural Center Juried Exhibition

2019
Artist Scholarship, Los Angeles Art Association

Businesses

2023 – Present
ROLF Fashion, E-Shop, James Island, SC
ROLF Artist Consulting (RAC), A Consulting Firm for Artists, James Island, SC

2024
This is Happening, ROLF Fashion X Poetry Performances, James Island, SC

Collections

2022
Never know until you try, Private Collector, Charleston, SC

2019
marriage, ShockBoxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

Commissions

2023
You Got This! Private Collectors, Park Circle, North Charleston, SC

Education

2013
Engineering Design Course Work, Trident Technical Collage

2001
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University

Professional Organizations

2023 – Present
Founder, This is Happening
Member, North Charleston Artist Guild
Member, South Carolina Arts Directory

2018-19
Member, Los Angeles Art Association

Publications

2023
Charleston City Paper, Web Article
Charleston City Paper, Volume 26, Issue 47

2022
Charleston City Paper, Volume 26, Issue 21
Xanadu Gallery’s Art Catalogue, September / October
Circle Quarterly Art Review, Issue 8, Summer
Artistonish, Contemporary Art Magazine, May Issue

2021
Artistonish, Contemporary Art Magazine, December Issue
APERO, Fine Art Publication, Honorable Mention, July Issue, Open Theme

2018
APERO, Fine Art Publication, August Issue, “Grow”

Public Speaking

2024
Guest Artist Speaker, “This is Happening”, North Charleston Artist Guild, North Charleston, SC
Alchemy Art Show, Live Poetry Performance, South Carolina Society Hall, Charleston, SC
Trans Day of Visibility, Open Mic, Commonhouse Aleworks, Park Circle, SC
Open Mic Night, Hobcaw Brewing Company, Mount Pleasant, SC
Open Mic Night, Baxter-Patrick Library, James Island, SC
Open Mic Night, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
Open Mic Night, Clerks Coffee, Charleston, SC

2023
Open Mic Night, Clerks Coffee, Charleston, SC
Open Mic Night, Public Works Arts Center, Summerville, SC
Open Mic Night, Blum, Charleston, SC
Open Mic Night, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
Guest Artist Speaker, North Charleston Artist Guild, Charleston, SC

2019
Conversations with the Artists, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Artist Talk, Antarctica Starts Here, Space 2531, Los Angeles, CA

2018
Conversations with the Artists, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Artists Talks, LoW BiT LoGiC Mixed Media, Art Landing Gallery & Gifts, Inglewood, CA

Residencies

2023
South Porch Artist Residency, Summerville, South Carolina

2018
December Artist Residency at the Balinesian Hut, Space 2531, Silver Lake, California

Teaching

2023
Workshop Instructor, Creating an Abstract Work of Art, Park Circle Gallery, North Charleston, SC

2016-18
CADD Instructor, Los Angeles ORT College, Los Angeles, CA

2014-16
Computer Drafting Instructor, ITT Technical Institute, North Charleston, SC and Los Angeles, CA

The ROLF Booth

2023
Night Market at The Farm, Johns Island, SC
Fall Market, James Island Town Hall, James Island, SC
Park Circle Art Walk, Ashby Ave, Park Circle, SC
Greer Arts & Eats Festival, Historic Downtown Greer, Greer, SC
One Year Anniversary Party, Wind & Waves Brewing, North Charleston, SC
ETE Celebration, Beyond Distillery, North Charleston, SC: 2023
Latin Pride Bash, Wind & Waves Brewing, North Charleston, SC
Because I F#cking Can…, ROLF Booth Pop-up, James Island, SC
Don’t Forget Mom!, ROLF Booth Pop-up, James Island, SC
Arty Block Party, North Charleston Arts Fest, Park Circle, SC
North Charleston Artist Guild Pop-up, Game Night Charleston, Park Circle, SC

Comedy

2023-Present
Host, “The ROLF Comedy Show”, Rolf Anthony Young’s YouTube Channel

2023
Host, “Art Jokes Life: A ROLF Podcast”, Spotify


Events

2023

This is Happening, The Ballad of Winter, James Island Arts & Cultural Center, James Island, SC
The Pumpkin Patch, Firefly Distillery, North Charleston, SC
This is Happening, Commonhouse Aleworks, Park Circle, SC

Exhibitions

2024

3 Paintings & Something Weird, James Island Arts & Cultural Center, James Island, SC
21st North Charleston Arts Fest, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston, SC
don’t lose hope, Park Circle Gallery, North Charleston, SC

2023

This is Happening, The Ballad of Winter, James Island Arts & Cultural Center, James Island, SC
21st Annual Redux Art Auction, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
Spark Exhibition, East Gallery Community Exhibition, Public Works Art Center, Summerville, SC
Look at What They Made Me Do! James Island Arts & Cultural Center, James Island, SC
Look at the Mess We Made…, South Porch Artist Residency, Summerville, SC
Piccolo GAP Show, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
20th North Charleston Arts Fest, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston, SC
Earth Day 2023: Eco-Optimism, Charleston Climate Coalition, Romney Urban Garden, Charleston, SC
JIACC Juried Exhibition, James Island Arts & Cultural Center, James Island, SC

2022

Live From Mom’s Garage, Instagram Live Fundraiser, James Island, SC
20th Annual Redux Auction, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
Spark Exhibition, East Gallery Community Exhibition, Public Works Art Center, Summerville, SC
Abstract Expressions, A Virtual Exhibit, Red Bluff Art Gallery, Red Bluff, CA
FREEDOM, Solo Exhibition, 311 Gallery & Studios, Raleigh, NC
2022 small works – BIG TALENT, Online Group Exhibition, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Perceive You, Online Exhibition, Curated by Kristine Schomaker, Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Light & Shade, Online Group Exhibition, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
ELEMENTS, Online Exhibition, Art Fluent, Boston, MA
In the Abstract, A SCORE Virtual Exhibition, Juried by Robert Burridge, Encino, CA
Rebellion – 2021, Virtual Group Exhibition, Exhibizone, Toronto, Canada

2019

New School Abstract, ShockBoxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA
VS, Collaboration Exhibition, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
LAAA’s 2019 Annual Benefit Auction, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Out There, Juried by Cliff Benjamin, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Lot 613, Los Angeles, CA
Multiple Feeds, Film & Video Exhibition, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Antarctica Starts Here, LBL Installation,Space 2531, Los Angeles, CA

2018

LAAA’s 2018 Open Show, Juried by Cynthia Corbett, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
LoW BiT LoGiC: rise above, Perimeter Gallery, Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA
Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Catch One, Los Angeles, CA
LAAA’s 2018 Annual Benefit Auction, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Multiple Feeds, Film & Video Exhibition, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Love in The Times Of…, Group Show, Art Landing Gallery & Gifts, Inglewood, CA

2017

Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Lot 613, Los Angeles, CA
His-Panic Visual Arts Exhibition, Group Show, Art Landing Gallery & Gifts, Inglewood, CA
Chocolate & Art Show, The Vortex, Los Angeles, CA
Brewery + Art Festival, Brewyard Beer Company, Glendale, CA


DREAM BIG!

Believe in your dreams!

Don’t be scared to share your dreams with friends or family. Just be aware support might not follow. Follow your dreams and believe in what your gut tells you. Use this in guidance when making decisions. Will my decisions support my dreams or not? Your dreams will take hard work and perseverance. Detours will happen but always believe that a longer journey will make for a better reward. Days will come when you will want to give up. DON’T. So many people do and so many dreams get lost. Believe that the hard will get smooth and frustration will build better ideas. Take each day as an opportunity to create greatness and belief in making your dreams come true. Remember that failure is a teacher you can learn from, and remember NOT to be so hard on yourself when you make mistakes. Life is hard enough. Take care of yourself, your dreams, and always….DREAM BIG!

My Thoughts on Art

Define your Art by the commitment of daily studio practice.
Art is emotional, yet allow structure to remain.
Remove expectations from your Art, to allow your work to stand on it’s own.
Reduction is an Art of resisting complexity.
Share your Art with the community you live in.
Art is a vocation for most and a profession for a very lucky few.
It is easy to get lost in making, but remember the motives that provoked you to create.
A critique by peers, helps artists remove the clutter that might be obstructing their objectives.
Instead of competing for space, create your own space.
Don’t forget to sketch your ideas out to build a solid foundation.
Drawing is fundamental.
Invest in the best quality art supplies you can afford.
Find your tribe.
Take risks.
Document everything!
Don’t underestimate the power of a Thank You card.

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