Rosso’s main artistic interest alternates in between classical portraiture and more complex figurative compositions developed around femininity and broader contemporary moral and social issues. Through portraiture and self-portraiture she explores and addresses intimate feelings and taboos related to gender, sexuality, beauty, childhood, religion, and generally cultural constructs and precepts that affect our freedom of being.

Born and grown up in Sicily, her art seems to flow from memories and experiences collected during those early formative years, which in time have been distilled and transformed into a visual imagery with a theatrical flavor, enriched with characters with strong personalities and an assertive presence who interact, at various level of counsciousness, with the viewers.

Deeply fascinated by classicism and painting mainly in oils, she adopts a contemporary version of realism which fuses forms of abstract expressionism, mixed media and occasionally collage to create engaging and aesthetically pleasant content.

Rosso lives in London since early 2000. She graduated in International Relations and Human Rights and worked in the advertising industry before moving onto visual arts, in her late 30s. Primarily self-taught, she trained briefly at the Royal Drawing School (London) and at the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA) and has been painting full time since 2016. She won the “Jackson Open Painting Prize 2019 (JOPP2019)” Portrait/Figure Prize; the “The Harbour Gallery Award” and the “The Artist's Exhibition Award” at TALP Open 2019; “The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2017” and the “Emerald Winter Pride Art Award” in 2016. In 2018, she was selected to participate in the popular TV series “Sky Portrait Artist of The Year 2019”. She has also exhibited across London such as at the Mall Galleries, Bloomsbury, The Strand Gallery and currently her work is displayed at the Underdog gallery in London. She is a selected member of Artcan.org since 2019.

 

Competitions and Awards

2019 — “The Harbour Gallery Award”, TALP OPEN 2019

2019 — “The Artist's Exhibition Award”, TALP OPEN 2019

2019 — WINNER of the Portrait/Figure Prize of the “Jackson Open Painting Prize 2019” (JOPP2019)

2019 — Selected for “The Artist Patching Open Art Competition 2019” (TALP OPEN 2019)

2019 — Contestant in “Sky Portrait Artist of The Year 2019”, Sky Arts

2018 — Shortlisted for “Artist of The Year 2018”, Mall Galleries (Artists and Illustrator)

2017 — WINNER of the “Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2017”

2016 — WINNER of the “Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards 2016”

2015 — Finalist at “ArtsDepot Open 2015”

 

Publications

“Quotes - Inspirational quotations / Creative Responses”, Strawlitter Production, 2019

Anuario "Arte y Libertad XIII", Artelibre, 2018

The Guide Artists, Interview of the month, Issue 11, Jan. 2018

Selected Exhibitions

2019

The Artist Open Art Competition (TALP OPEN 2019), Patching Art Centre, Notthinghamshire, July-August 2019

Arrows of Desire, The Horse Hospital, London, July 2019

Affordable Art Fair, Jackson Painting Prize Finalists, Hampstead Heath, May 2019

The Occult and Symbolism, Underdog Gallery, London, April 2019

2018

Art Fair East, Underdog Gallery, Norwich (Dec 2018)

Rosso going Solo (solo show), The Art Space, Cass Art, Islington, London, (June 2018 - part of the Holly Bush Painter Prize 2017)

Artist of The Year 2018, Mall Galleries, London (Feb 2018)

AWE, Art Women and Evolution, The Bloosmbury, London (Feb 2018)

2017 - 2016

WIA women in art, Peggy Jay Gallery, Burgh House, Hampstead, London

"The Londoner Compass", The Strand Gallery, London

"WITP", The Strand Gallery, London

"Tribe16", Chrom Art, The Ugly Duck, London

"It's Art Exhibition", D-Contemporary, Mayfair, London

"Debased", Cultivate collective, BSMT space, London

"The Human Figure: Myth and Storytelling", The Gallery, Stoke Newington, London

"Summer Salon", Islington Art Factory, London

"Emerald Life Winter Pride Art Awards", Islington Art Factory, London

"Hand Maid", S'A collective,  Hoxton Arches Gallery, London,

"Urban Art Experience", Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans

"Homunculus", Asylum, London

 2015 / 2014

“ICADF 2015”, Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, London

“Painting & Sculpture”, Candid Art Gallery, London

“Portraits”, Espacio gallery, London

“Outsider Art Exhibition”, Candid Art Gallery, London

“FLUX”, Gray’s Art Gallery, London

“Seams”, Sweat’Art Collective, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London

“Royal Art in the World – Italian and Foreign Contemporary Art”, ROA Royal Opera Arcade, London

“NOT the Royal Academy”, Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London

“Artsdepot Open 2014”, Artsdepot, London