Artist Bio

Freya Prowe was raised by a bi-cultural family in the United States.  German fairy tales informed much of her early imaginary world.  Lyrical and dark, Prowe’s artwork draws on that tradition and its sensitivity to the emotional tensions lurking in human interactions.  Prowe creates images that are by turns fragile and horrific, seductive and deformed, playful and violent.

Prowe received her degree in Fine Arts from Pitzer College in 1994.  In addition to painting and drawing, Prowe has studied textile design in Java, Indonesia and Zurich, Switzerland.  She has shown extensively in California and much of her past work currently resides in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Canada.



2014 Vascularium, Accident & Artifact, San Francisco, CA

2013 Struwwlpeter, Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids, San Francisco, CA

2012 Solo show, Crown Nine@ Popuphood, Oakland, CA

2010 Solo show, Vintage Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2009 Black Water, Solo show at Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004 Red Sun, Hang Gallery, San Franciso, CA

2004 Solo Show, Town Hall, San Franciso, CA

1999 Solo Show, Blumengarten, San Francisco, CA

1994 On Time/No Time; The Pace of Place, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

1993 The Vulgarians, Motley to the View, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

1991 Produce/Reproduce, Create/ Recreate, SPAM Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Group Shows

2015  The September Show, Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany CA

2013 Graphic Noir, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

2012 In Heaven, Everything is Fine, SF Public Works Rollup Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011 Temple of Flora, Slingshot Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011 Literati, Slingshot Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010 Group Show, Slingshot Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010 Unveiled, Craftswomanhouse, Pasadena, CA

2010 Hospitality House Anniversary Show, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008 ProArts Annual, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA

2005 Art for AIDS group show, San Francisco, CA

2004 Rubicund, Town Hall, San Francisco, CA

2002 Molt, Kuenstlerschaft, Los Angeles, CA

2002 Two Person Show, Metro Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2001 Ueberfrau, Kuenstlerschaft, Los Angeles, CA

1996 The Art of the Word, Trojanowska Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 Refiguring the Figure, Artworks Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994 Emerging Artists, Artworks Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994 Senior Group Show, Lang Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

1992 Art on Alice in Wonderland, Scripps College Humanities Gallery, Claremont, CA

1991 Textile Structures, Lang Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA Grants


1993 Research and Awards Committee Grant Pitzer College

1994 Without a Box Award for Artists, Claremont Colleges