Monica Petzal was trained as an artist and art historian, and has had a diverse career as an artist, academic, critic and curator. A citizen of both the UK and Germany she is intensely interested in her German Jewish heritage. After studying painting at Kingston, she took an MA in Art History at Sussex under Norbert Lynton, and then went to the Royal College of Art Painting School in 1978, under the formidable Peter de Francia.
By 1992, three children later, and horrified at the status of women artists (icluding herself), Monica co-founded of The Foundation for Women’s Art. FWA was a charity aimed at increasing public knowledge and understanding of women artists through exhibitions, many of which she curated and wrote about until 2006.
In between, Monica had become fascinated by print and went to Camberwell School of Art in 1999 to take a 2-year MA in printmaking. She started to show her work more widely, and have it collected by museums and kind individuals. She selected, spoke about, wrote about and curated print exhibitions; including co-curating ‘Process and Innovation, British Printmaking Japan’ at the Kyoto Museum.
In 2006, Monica started the Printroom gallery in Hampstead, dealing in contemporary printmaking. It was tiny, and a modest and enjoyable success from the start. It moved with Monica and her husband Chris to Suffolk in 2014, where it lives happily in a large, converted cowshed and online (www.printroom.studio).