Rosso's art revolves around the human condition and in particular focuses on the construction of women’s identity in our contemporary society. Through portraiture and self-portraiture, she explores and addresses feelings and taboos connected to gender identity, sexuality, beauty, relationships, motherhood/parenthood.
Deeply fascinated by classicism, Rosso attempts to emulate a contemporary version of realism which, while rooted on classical painting techniques, departs from the mere representational approach. The female figures are predominant in her paintings and are placed within timeless spaces made up of dreams, childhood memories and pure fantasies. 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 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 and has been painting full time since 2016. She won the “Emerald Winter Pride Art Award” in 2016 and “The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2017”. 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.
Competitions and Awards
Contestant in “Sky Portrait Artist of The Year 2019”
WINNER of the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2017 (June 2017)
WINNER of the Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards 2016 (March 2016)
Shortlisted for Artist of The Year 2018 (Artists and Illustrator - 2018)
Selected for "IT"S ART" call collective exhibition, D-Contemporary & The Cult House (September 2016)
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)