Represented Artist

Karen Rifas

Born 1942, Chicago, IL, United States

Karen Rifas, 2017, 9271
Karen Rifas, 2017 9271 Acrylic on Watercolor Paper 45 x 45 in

Through variegated floor and sculptural installations, works on paper, and wood panel, Karen Rifas uses a concise language to alter our perception of space.

Selected Works

These are a selected group of works and installation photographs from the exhibition. For a complete list of available works please contact us.

Karen Rifas

Karen Rifas has amassed a body of work that endeavors to understand and re-imagine space. Well known for her minimal cord and leaf installations, and precise, methodical line drawings, in 2016, Rifas began a focused exploration into the constructive possibilities of color. Employing densely hued shapes and irregular lines, Rifas creates spaces that oscillate between the two- and three-dimensional. Deceptive Constructions surveys this recent body of work for the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in over 10 years. Through variegated floor and sculptural installations, works on paper, and wood panel, Rifas uses a concise language of richly contrasted color to alter our perception of space.


Karen Rifas (Chicago, b. 1942) lives and works in Miami. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at: Emerson Dorsch (2017), Meeting House Gallery (2016), MDC Museum of Art + Design (2015), De La Cruz Collection (2010), Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design (2007), Polk Museum of Art (2004), and Museo De Arte Comtemporaneo, Panama City (1993). She has also exhibited in group shows and presented the following projects: Transphysics, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood (2017), 100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art (2015), MIA-BER, Berlin Arts Club (2014), Following the Line, Girls’ Club (2012), I Triennial, Santo Domingo (2010), globe>miami<island, DC Museum of Contemporary Art (2002) and The Bass (2001). Rifas is represented in various permanent collections, including The Bass (Miami Beach), Fairchild Tropical Gardens (Miami), Metro-Dade Art in Public Places Trust (Miami), Museo de Arte de Ponce (Puerto Rico), Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami), Perez Art Museum Miami, and Valencia Community College (Orlando). She is represented by Emerson Dorsch and previously taught at New World School of the Arts.



Karen Rifas, Deceptive Constructions, The Bass, Miami Beach, FL
Paradise Summit, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL
Paradise Summit, multiple, Germane Barnes and Karen Rifas MBMB week at the Warehouse, Girls’ Club Warehouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Four Play, multiple for The Bass Museum and Untitled, Miami, Beach, FL
paradise lost?:alchemy of the everyday, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY currated by William Cordova
outlaw culture or higher ground curated by William Cordova, Bridge Red, Miami, FL
Plush, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, FL
Habitat, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, FL
Dual Roles, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, FL
Aesthetics and Values, 2018, FIU, Miami, FL

Sunrise, Sunset, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL
The Bass Is Back, New Acquisitions, Miami Beach, FL
Karen Rifas, Per Forms, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL
Exposed, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL

Transphysics: istwa, landscapes, paisajes (curator- William Cordova), Art and
Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
Flip Out: Artists’ Sketchbooks, Girls Club, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Karen Rifas, Meetinghouse Gallery, Miami, FL
Sweat Broadsheet Collaboration, The Center for Book Arts, New York, New York

100 + Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South FL Art (curator-Jane Hart), Miami, FL
2015+ONE, Deering Estate, Outdoor Site-Specific Sculpture Exhibition, Miami FL
Macchietta: Small Sketches by Karen Rifas, MDC Museum of Art +Design, Freedom Tower, Miami, FL
inscribing: meditations on time and space (curator – William Cordova), Bridge Red, Miami, FL
black. white, (curator – Kathryn Mikesell), Fountainhead at 24th, Miami, FL
Locust Projects, Tigertail, Arts For Learning, Hollywood Art and Cultural Center fundraisers


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