Terry Rosenberg studied Fine Art at the University of Miami BFA and Alfred University MFA. In 1980, after settling in New York City, his sculpture and related drawings were exhibited at Hal Bromm Gallery. This debut exhibition focused on the human form and issues related to representation and identity, examining dualities such as integration/isolation, human/animal, past/future, and science/fiction. With the 1984 exhibition at Bette Stoler Gallery his paintings and drawings explored a multiplicity of human gestures, as polymorphs suggesting movement and transformation. Rosenberg’s work soon became recognized among New York’s new figurative genre and by the end of the 80’s had been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe.
During an extended residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska he began a series of drawings observing dance. Specifically, he made in situ drawings of American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mark Morris Dance Group, Kirov Ballet, and Parsons Dance Company. These graphic records of his responses to figures in motion constitute a detailed examination of the present tense. They are an active meditation on the synthesis of light, dynamic structure, and space/time relationships. This series culminated with the exhibition and supportive catalog, Terry Rosenberg, Inside the Dance, organized by the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in1994.
In 1979 and 1982 Rosenberg was awarded Artist in Industry grants by the Kohler Company and in 1987 and 1991 he received grants from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Rosenberg also received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1989 and a Master Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council in 1996. He lives and works in New York City.