Rosso's paintings are allegoric representations of the human condition, born out of a reflection on its irony, conundrums and, occasionally, ineffable higher nature. Her canvasses are often populated with peculiar characters impersonating feelings, fears, themes and taboos commonly experienced. These pseudo-real figures and the narratives they enact appear as suspended in between an objective space and an imaginary, timeless world made up of dreams, squashed memories, déjà vu and pure fantasies.
Rosso describes her style as "transitional realism" to denote this seamless, sometimes imperceptible passage from the objective reality to the intricate realm of the mind, and viceversa. Particular settings, toys, masks, porcelain dolls and other random objects that adorn her paintings act indeed as 'gateways' to the subconscious, evoking forgotten or even neglected life happenings, childhood memories, encounters and the plethora of emotions inextricably connected with them.
A figurative painter with a strong predilection for classical representational art, Rosso's style revisits and combines traditional academic techniques and compositions with quirky imagery and symbols sourced from contemporary urban folklore.
Born in Sicily (1978), Rosso moved to London in 2004 where she obtained an MA in international relations and human rights while working in marketing and advertising. She left the corporate sector in 2012 and since then has been painting, slowly moving from amateur to professional full-time artist in 2015. Primarily self-taught, she trained briefly at the Prince Drawing School and at LARA (London Atelier of Representational Art) in London.
She has been exhibiting mainly in London and won the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2017 and the Emerald Winter Pride Arts Award 2016.
Competitions and Awards
WINNER of the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2017 (June 2017)
WINNER of the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards 2016 (March 2016)
Selected for "IT"S ART" call collective exhibition, D-Contemporary & The Cult House (September 2016)
Arts Depot Open 2014, finalist - (April 2014)
Solo Exhibition (2018)
Solo show at The Space, Cass Art, Islington, London, (April 2018)
Group Exhibition (2018)
AWE, Art Women and Evolution, The Bloosmbury Hotel, Bloosmbury, London (Feb 2018)
Selected group Exhibition (2017 - 2016)
WIA women in art, Peggy Jay Gallery, Burgh House, Hampstead, London (June-July 2017).
"Flux", The Old Truman Brewery, London (November)
"The Londoner Compass", The Strand Gallery, London (October)
"WITP", The Strand Gallery, London (October)
"Tribe16", Chrom Art, The Ugly Duck, London (October)
"It's Art Exhibition", D-Contemporary, Mayfair, London, (September)
"Debased", Cultivate collective, BSMT space, London (September)
"The Human Figure: Myth and Storytelling", The Gallery, Stoke Newington, London (July)
"Summer Salon", Islington Art Factory, London (June)
"Solar", Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans (June)
"Art and Emotions", Gabriel Fine Art, Waterloo, London (May)
"Emerald Life Winter Pride Art Awards", winner, Islington Art Factory, London (April)
"DEBASER", Cultivate collective, BSMT, London (March)
"Hand Maid", S'A collective, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London, (March)
"Urban Art Experience", Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans (February)
"Homunculus", Asylum, London (January)
"Erotica", Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, (January)
“ICADF 2015”, Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, London (November 2015)
"ARTfair", Artbound Collective, Hebden Bridge, (November 2015)
"Don't Look Now", S'A collective, Ikletic Lab, London (October 2015)
“Painting & Sculpture”, Candid Art Gallery, London (June 2015)
“Portraits”, Espacio gallery, London (April 2015)
“Outsider Art Exhibition”, Candid Art Gallery, London (March 2015)
“FLUX”, Gray’s Art Gallery, London (February 2015)
“Convergence”, Espacio gallery, London (February 2015)
Selected group exhibitions 2014
“Chimera”, Espacio gallery, London (Dec 2014)
“59 Artworks”, at 59 London Wall, London (Nov 2014)
“Seams”, Sweat’Art Collective, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London (September, 2014)
“Royal Art in the World – Italian and Foreign Contemporary Art”, ROA Royal Opera Arcade, London (July, 2014)
“NOT the Royal Academy”, Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London (June-August, 2014)
“Artsdepot Open 2014”, Artsdepot, London, (April, 2014)
“International Women’s Day 2014”, Cultivate Evolved at Vyner St, London, (March, 2014)
“Summer exhibition”, London Atelier of Representational Art – LARA, London (2013-14)