Rosso's paintings are metaphors of contemporary society, born out of a reflection on the irony and conundrums of the human condition. Her canvasses are often populated with a colourful mixture of carnivalesque characters impersonating feelings, fears, themes and taboos commonly experienced.
Visibly influenced by a variety of genres spanning from Old Renaissance Masters to Street art, her style revisits and combines traditional academic techniques and compositions with quirky imagery and symbols mostly drawn from contemporary urban folklore.
The intriguing, often ambiguous characters of her paintings seem to live in between an objective space and an imaginary, timeless world made up of dreams, childhood memories and pure fantasies. In this sense, her work can be described as 'transitional' realist, denoting this blurring of edges in between reality and fantasy.
Born in Sicily (1978), she moved to London in 2004 to finish her academic studies in international relations and human rights followed by a few years working in marketing and advertising. Primarily self-taught, she trained briefly at the Prince Drawing School and at LARA (London Atelier of Representational Art) before embarking on a full time professional painting career in 2014.
Rosso is the winner of 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)
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)