Lanning returned home and
founded her eponymous gallery to showcase Rogoway. The renowned
Classic and Contemporary art gallery, founded in 1986, is proud
of its most unique genesis. "His work spoke for itself," Lanning
recalls, "Rog's character was all there on his canvases, larger
than life." She remembers the summer Rogoway stayed in Sedona,
already in his late 80s the artist drove his old yellow Volkswagen
Beetle to picnic lunches with her staff. "He loved women," Lanning
says, "he could be very devious and none of us were safe! He loved
to dance and drink and laugh."
She adds, "At the shows the gallery
held for Rog during his lifetime he was tremendously moved that
people could remain so interested in his work."
Rogoway lived and painted all over
the world and made his home in Mijas, Spain for over two
decades. Five years ago, while traveling in Spain, Lanning
visited the artist's former home in the small mountaintop
artists' community. "The road his home was on is named for
him," says Lanning. "Many townspeople still remember him
and I had the chance to meet some of his close friends
and view their collections of Rogs. Even the elegant
hotel in which we stayed had his paintings hanging in
The New Yorker has said of Rogoway's
paintings: "A cheerful mingling of the expressionistic and
the na´ve." The New York Times has said: "His people
inhabit a dreamy never-never land made very colorful."
World of Art has said: "Compassion plus form are embodied
in [Rogoway's] paintings... and convince us again of his
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