Rosa Loy’s artwork depicts rich, fairytale-esque worlds populated almost exclusively by female subjects in multiples or pairs. A student of horticulture, the artist draws inspiration from her memories as well as her surroundings; she creates sketches for each of her compositions, and never works from photographs. Along with frequent collaborator Neo Rauch, Loy was associated with the loose artistic movement known as the New Leipzig School.


Rosa Loy, born in 1958, studied at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, both located in Germany.

Solo exhibitions of Loy’s work have taken place at: the Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands (2017-2018); Kunstraum Innsbruck in Austria (2016); and Kunsthalle Giessen in Germany (2011).

Group exhibitions of Loy’s work include: Foreign Powers. Painting from Leipzig at the Museum Franz Gertsch in Burgdorf, Switzerland (2019-2020); Body & Soul at the Essl Museum in Vienna, Austria (2016); and DIE BESSERE HÄLFTE – MALERINNEN AUS LEIPZIG at Kunsthalle der Sparkasse in Leipzig, Germany (2015). 

Works by Loy are held in numerous prominent collections, including: the Busan Museum of Art in Busan, South Korea; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California; the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig in Germany; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden, Germany. 

In the early 1980s, Loy met Neo Rauch. Married in 1985, the two artists now have studio spaces next door to each other; the pair sometimes collaborate on artworks. Two-person exhibitions of Loy and Rauch’s work include: Neo Rauch and Rosa Loy: FLOWERS on the BORDER at Space K in Seoul, South Korea (2021); Neo Rauch, Rosa Loy: La Torre at Fondazione Coppola in Vicenza, Italy (2019); Neo Rauch & Rosa Loy - Lohengrin at Villa Schöningen in Potsdam, Germany (2018); Neo Rauch & Rosa Loy: Die Strickerin at Grafikstiftung Neo Rauch in Aschersleben, Germany (2018); Rosa Loy - Neo Rauch: Perlmutt. Eigene Arbeiten aus der Sammlung beider Künstler, organized by Freunde Aktueller Kunst, at Fotofoyer in Zwickau, Germany (2015); Neo Rauch. Abwägung / Rosa Loy. Gravitation at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in Germany (2012); and Neo Rauch and Rosa Loy: Hinter den Garten at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg, Austria (2011).

Loy lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.