Monika Rostvold is a New York City interdisciplinary artist that makes work about the morality and power of a sexualized woman. Monika was born in Louisville Kentucky and moved to Texas at a young age where she spent her high school years. She achieved her BFA in 2015 at Texas State University and created artwork that discussed sexual assault on college campuses and the male ego. After moving to NYC she enrolled in SVA for one year, dropped out, and got picked up by Pratt university where she finished her MFA. Her current work is inspired by the sex work community in New York City. Monika is apart of Stigma Unbound, a performance collective for sex workers and allies.
Monika’s artwork has been the subject of many debates about the morality of sexual expression and has been discussed/interviewed in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Artnews, and Huffington Post.
Monika has worked with many collectives, organizations, and institutions to support safe sex work. These included C.U.N.T Collective, Museum of Sex, Pratt Institute, VOW Collective, SOAR Organization, and Stigma Unbound.
Monika Rostvold has been given the Martin E. and Elizabeth Walling Turner Endowed Scholarship in 2015.