Rosso’s main artistic interest alternates in between classical portraiture and more complex figurative compositions developed around a very personal yet universal subject of femininity, born out a mixture of dreams, childhood memories and pure fantasies. Through portraiture and self-portraiture in particular, she explores and addresses feelings and taboos related to gender identity, sexuality, beauty, relationships, birth, childhood, motherhood.

Deeply fascinated by classicism, Rosso attempts to emulate a contemporary version of realism which, while rooted on traditional academic painting techniques, departs from the classical representational approach through the introduction of eclectic elements and symbols variously drawn from the Carnival tradition, the Burlesque and contemporary forms of Urban folklore. As a result, the female figures emerging from her paintings are charged with a strong physicality and equally assertive personalities.

Painting mainly with oil, Rosso adapts her process according to her thematic subjects and her mood, varying from an energetic and spontaneous "alla prima" painting style, to more carefully planned compositions which are built in layers over time.

She was born in Sicily but moved to London in 2004. Primarily self-taught, she trained briefly at the Prince Drawing School and at LARA (London Atelier of Representational Art) and has been painting full time since 2016. She won the Portrait/Figure Prize of the “Jackson Open Painting Prize 2019”, the “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 some of her work is displayed at the Underdog and Zebra One gallery in London. She is a selected member of Artcan.org since 2019.

 

Competitions and Awards

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

2019 — Selected for “The Artist Patching Open Art Competition 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 — Selected for “ArtsDepot Open 2015”

 

Publications

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

Anuario "Arte y Libertad XIII", Artelibre, 2018

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

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

Group

2019

The Patching Open Art Competition, Patching Art Festival, Notthinghamshire, July-August 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)

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