Alex Roskin was born in Toulouse, France. After receiving a BFA in sculpture from Alfred University, School of Art and Design, he honed his craft through an apprenticeship that promoted a strong focus in traditional English-Style furniture making. The apprenticeship, modeled after the famed 20th Century British Craft designer/maker Edward Barnsley, intensified his understanding and application of hand tool technique in lieu of power tools. Roskin went on to teach himself TIG welding and metal work and in 2000 he earned his MFA in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Inspired by innovators such as Richard Serra, Wendel Castle, Constantin Brancusi, Roskin’s works carry on the traditions of the best of the studio furniture movement—blending sculpture with craft.
Of his own work, Roskin noted, “I try with each piece to create a stance and a presence, some with more contrapposto. I aim to give each piece a feeling that it’s inhaling or ready to make a move. I try to steer clear of the decorative, but to draw on mass, volume, line, negative space, and my love of materials and the craft of working with them.”
He and his wife, a painter, built their house and studios on a 220-acre farm turned to nature conservancy in Ancram, two hours north of New York along the Taconic Hills.