Rosso uses portraiture and self-portraiture to explore femininity and broader moral and social issues. Born and grown up in Sicily, most of her art seems to flow from memories and impressions collected during those early formative years. Unsurprisingly, her work is populated by predominantly female characters with a strong sense of physicality, who interact with the viewers at various levels of consciousness.

Through metaphors and a subtle irony, the artist unveils very intimate feelings and taboos related to gender, sexuality, beauty, childhood, motherhood, religion and power structures, while also observing how cultural constructs and precepts shape our identity and ultimately our perception of freedom.

Deeply inspired by classicism and painting mainly in oils, Rosso adopts a version of realism which combines abstract expressionism, mixed media and occasionally collage to create aesthetically engaging content.

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Rosso lives in London since early 2000. She graduated in International Relations and Human Rights and worked in the advertising industry before moving onto the 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. Recently, her artwork was chosen as a cover for international political magazine Arena.

 

Competitions and Awards

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

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

2019 — “The Harbour Gallery Award”, 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

“Arena magazine”, cover for issue 161, Aug. 2019

“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

Exhibitions

The Artist Collection, Patchings Art Centre, October - November 2020

Mars & Beyond, OXO Tower, London, Feb-March 2020

Elevate 02, The Shard, London, December 2019

Utopia, BSMT relaunch, London, October 2019

Summer Exhibition, Underdog Gallery, London, August 2019

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

Selected past exhibitions

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