My Work

My paintings’ visual elements are inspired by personal experiences within the contexts of American suburban culture, global politics, and narrative symbology from historical mythology and oral tradition. The situations methodically staged in my pieces have components deliberately placed to add levity and humor, while a darker underbelly lurks. Comedy is a masking mechanism, mimicking the ways in which we so often turn to distraction, denial, masquerade, or disbelief in order to cope with, or to temporarily avoid, the realities of life. 

The smallness of the works emphasizes their physicality, drawing the viewer close. Just as virtual and real identity can clash, there is a disjunction between the way my paintings seem virtually and the way they are in the physical world. 


Nathaniel Rogers was born in Charlottesville, VA in 1980. He attended Davidson College where he received his B.A. in Studio Art and is a graduate of the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he received his MFA in painting.  His work has been featured in New American Paintings and received critical acclaim in journals and periodicals such as The Washington PostWashingtonian Magazine, and The Philadelphia City Paper. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and his work can be found in both private and public collections throughout the United States. Rogers currently lives and works in Charlotte, NC.

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