Rooth is a furniture designer and founder of North Park's monthly art
walk, Ray at Night as well as owner of Planet Rooth Studios on Ray Street.
Rooth arrived in San Diego with his family from Malmö, Sweden,
when he was 8. After finishing high school here, he returned to Sweden,
where he earned his bachelor's degree in industrial design from the
University of Malmoe. He studied woodworking, manufacturing, metal fabrication,
welding and business. Rooth became involved in Sweden's art world and
also traveled extensively through Europe and Morocco. Eleven years after
leaving San Diego, Rooth returned in 1999. He is immersed in creating
furniture and curating art shows at Planet Rooth. He is most gratified
by his role in giving artists a start by hosting their first show and
supporting North Park's burgeoning art scene. Also noteworthy, Rooth
helped the North Park Main Street business association secure grant
money to repair sidewalks, plant trees and purchase benches and trash
#1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?
"On June 28th, this summer, I did a group show in Malmö, Sweden
with 6 artists from 4 countries. Combining 5 different contrasting mediums,
in a highly artisan friendly country highlighted my year within the
visual arts. Meeting so many artists from different backgrounds, while
all working together, only added to this highlight. Truly unique! Back
at home we hold the second Saturday of each month Ray at Night, which
hums with creative, ambling energy. More than 40 eclectic galleries,
cafés and retail shops invite gatherings and conversation. With
live music, dance and spoken-word performances, this vibrant scene attracts
larger and larger crowds."
#2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
#2 "Influential people need to be educated in the process of purchasing
art, actively. That is, the people of SD need to not just be a part
of the visual experience, they need to embrace it and make it a formal
routine to support their favorite artisans by collecting, creating a
cultural experience to enhance their lives as well as the artists with
which they engage. I will continue to enhance the visual arts in SD
by proactively making this point."