Rosso’s art revolves around femininity and her identity as a woman in our contemporary society: an extremely personal subject yet commonly shared with millions of other women.
The female figures are predominant in her paintings and she likes to place them within imaginary, timeless spaces made up of dreams, childhood memories and pure fantasies. Just like carnival characters, these pseudo-real figures impersonate themes, feelings and taboos connected to gender identity, sexuality, beauty, motherhood or the simple politics of everyday life.
Rosso uses her emotions in portraying vivid colours, textures and the creation of complex scenes with an extensive use of symbols, drawn from both contemporary urban folklore and more ancient cultural heritage. Deeply fascinated by classicism, Rosso attempts to emulate a contemporary version of realism that is still rooted in the traditional artistic techniques and methods. Painting mainly with oil, she adapts her process according to her thematic subjects and her mood, varying from a quick energetic and spontaneous "alla prima" painting style, to more carefully planned and laid out compositions which are built in layers over time.
Born in Sicily (1978), Rosso lives in London since 2004. Primarily self-taught, she trained briefly at the Prince Drawing School and at LARA (London Atelier of Representational Art) in London.
She won the Emerald Winter Pride Art Award in 2016 and The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2017. She has also displayed work across London such as at Mall Galleries, Bloomsbury, The Strand Gallery and more recently with Zebra One gallery (Hampstead Heath, London).
Competitions and Awards
Shortlisted for Artist of The Year 2018 (Artists and Illustrator - 2018)
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)
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, 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)