Listening To Artists – Los-Angeles based artist Rosalyn Myles. Filmed by Badir McCleary of ArtAboveReality, 2022. Rosalyn Myles is a native of Los Angeles. Born and raised in an area of the city located just off the 110 Fwy, bordered by Gardena and Watts. She grew up swimming with her brothers, riding the bus to art classes at Barnsdall Art Park, and eating Japanese food. She attended Narbonne High School in Torrance California and won a scholarship to Mills College in Oakland. When Ronald Reagan became president, he changed the existing policies on college grants and scholarships.
Many private schools raised their tuitions and adjusted their assistance programs. Higher fees made it harder for students on scholarships to complete their educations. Myles returned home and completed her BA at Cal State Dominguez Hills, graduating with honors. Rosalyn embarked on a career of performance, dancing, and acting professionally. After working in front of the camera for several years, she found herself working behind the camera. She started working in the art department, first as a set dresser, later becoming a decorator. A production designer took an interest in her drawings and encouraged her to practice art. Her focus became the visual arts and she decided to return to school and study fine art. Rosalyn did her graduate studies at the California College of Arts in Oakland and San Francisco. While living in San Francisco, she worked at SFMOMA, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Daniel Weinberg Gallery, and various other art institutions.
Upon returning to her hometown, Rosalyn found herself trying to balance an art career and working in the demanding film industry. She had married and bore a son. A few years later, she divorced and became a single mother who wasn’t sure how to balance full-time employment and the now booming art scene in Los Angeles. Myles continued to grow as an artist, becoming an active member of Gallery 825 for 5 years She showed work at the California African American Museum, The Armory in Pasadena, Watts Towers, and various other venues. She has participated in and curated shows at Grant Stills Gallery and St. Elmo’s Village. Rosalyn has worked with other collaborating artists and institutions on major projects and installations at MOCA, CAFAM LAMAG, and LACMA. Rosalyn is currently working on installations that will debut in other cities in the US.