Biography of Roger Kast

Roger's work is in the collections of 3M Company, Pentair Corporation of St. Paul, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, and can be seen at the Northwestern National Life Insurance building in downtown Minneapolis. Two large Lake Superior Sunrise paintings can be viewed in downtown Duluth at the Public Library and the Wells Fargo Bank.

Portrait of Roger Kast


1943 ■ Born January 21, St. Paul, Minnesota, to Edna and Harley Kast, a St. Paul policeman.


1963 ■ Enrolls in Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Among his major influences were Minnesota artists, Paul Kramer, Birney Quick, Paul Olson, and George Morrison. He studied directly under painters and printmakers, Robyn Denny and Anthony Gross from Great Britain, Ger Lataster from Holland, and Shirley Goldfarb from France.  Roger’s Lake Superior sunrise paintings show the Lataster abstract expressionist influence most clearly.


1967 ■ Graduates with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.


1967 ■ Enrolls in California College of the Arts, Oakland.
California influences include the paintings of Richard Diebenkorn.


1969 ■ Graduates with a Master of Fine Arts degree.


1969-1971 ■ Becomes the director of an innovative “Art & Ecology” summer camp, Urban Nature Institute for Youth (Camp UNIFY) in Branscomb, California.


1971 ■ Returns to St. Paul.


1972 ■ Moves his family to Crookston, Minnesota to help establish Lady Slipper Designs and Up North Handcrafts.  He designed the first stuffed toy loon and many other products.


1977-1998 ■ Establishes a studio in downtown Duluth, where he produced over 1,000 drawings and paintings. The Lake Impression series shows the influence of Lake Superior on his work. They include Lake Superior sunrises, moonrises, and stormy moods.


2003 ■ Completed a series of large lithographs at Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi.


2015 ■ Died July 3 in Nevis, Minnesota. In his final years Roger continued to work on a series of drawings and paintings in his studio in Northern Minnesota. His later work was influenced by the big white and red pines, and being near the “source” of the Mississippi - Lake Itasca.