My work focuses on the individual as well as their contextualisation within the fabric of society. Specifically, it is concerned with aspects such as the relationship between psyche and body, the dynamics of roles and the analysis and creation of archetypal figures.
My work, which is also influenced by the topics of modern disciplines like sociology, surgery and psychology, brings together a conceptual approach and a figurative language. In some cases this language may be reminiscent of classic models for its realism, in others, it may be more stylised and humorous. In the former cases, its juxtaposition to the contemporariness of the approach, means to create an effective oxymoron; in the latter ones, a coherent complementarity.
Through my iconography, I seek to reflect on life, the life of men and women, attempting to render the affair of being a human. In that respect, bodies, psyches, roles and archetypal figures in my pictures become a means for me to speak of my interpretation of that affair. The result is a depiction of characters and scenes, in most cases with an intrinsic narrative component and an unreal feel to them. At times this is playful, at others more philosophical; in any case, always with a degree of ambiguity.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1991 Diploma. Visual Communication, Istituto Statale D'Arte, Monza (Milan) Italy
1996 BA (Hons). School of Advertising & Graphic Design. Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, Italy. Dissertation’s subject: 'Responsive Environments'. The tutor was Paolo Rosa from Studio Azzurro.
1999 D&AD (British Design and Art Direction) Workshops. London
2000 DV Shoot & Directing DV. VET London
Selected group shows
2013 Flexible freud [Father of Retail Therapy]. Part of the Sydenham Arts Festival.
2012 Ten Paths To The Future. Imago Art gallery, London, UK.
2012 International Painting Pleinair Exhibition. Touring exhibition held at three venues: Museum of ------ Communication, Kaunas, Lithuania; Raudone Castle, Raudone Lithuania, Vilnius Town Hall, Vilnius, -------Lithuania.
2012 Con:FRONT. Transition Collective. Vibe Gallery. London, UK.
2011 54th Venice Biennale. Italian Pavilion - Region of Lombardy. Palazzo Te, Mantua, Italy.
2011 54th Venice Biennale. Italian Pavilion - Region of Piedmont. Sala Nervi, Torino Esposizioni. Turin, Italy.
2011 The Other Art Fair. Bargehouse, London, UK.
2011 Modern Panic. The Old Abattoir. London, UK.
2010 Freaks Shoreditch Town Hall Basement Gallery. London, UK.
2010 Energia dell'anima. Art Gallery Santa Teresa. Fano, Italy. Show accompanying the launch of ------the book by Vittorio Sgarbi (curator for the Italian Pavillion at the 54th Venice Biennale) ------Viaggio nell'Italia Sentimentale.
2010 Affordable art Fair, London, UK. Work exhibited at the Gagliardi gallery’s stand.
2010 Biennale of Chianciano in London. Gagliardi Gallery, London, UK.
2009 Biennale of Chianciano. Museo d’Arte, Chianciano Terme, Italy.
2008 Rumors Ex Arsenale Borgo Dora. Turin, Italy. Curated by Italian Factory.
2008 The Kinsey Institute Annual Juried Show. Bloomington, Indiana. U.S.A.
2008 MoveMe. Work exhibited in the London Underground and Rainbird Gallery, London, UK.
2006 Painting the Nude. The Chambers Gallery. London, UK.
2005 Art Karlsruhe. Art fair, Karlsruhe, Germany. Showing with Barbara Ruetz gallery.
2003 Digimonde: painters of modern life. Orleans House Gallery. Richmond, London, UK.
2002 Work shown at Il Torchio-Costantini Arte Contemporanea, art gallery, Milan, Italy.
2002 Arte Padova, art fair, Padova, Italy. Showing with Il Torchio-Costantin Arte Contemporanea.
2002 Contemporanea, art fair, Forli, Italy. Showing with Il Torchio-Costantini Arte Contemporanea.
2014 Andrea Rossi. Barbara Ruetz Gallery. Munich, Germany.
2010 Andrea Rossi. Art Gallery Santa Teresa. Fano, Italy.
2007 A Circus of Characters. Espace Paragon. City of Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
2004 Scalpel. Scarlet Maguire Gallery. London, UK.
2004 Live. Barbara Ruetz gallery. Munich, Germany.
2004 Live. Barbara Ruetz gallery. Augsburg, Gernmany.
2012 International Painting Pleinair. Museum of Communication. Kaunas, Lithuania. Residency supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in Vilnius.
2006 Video Voyeur Rejected selected by Hayward Gallery, London UK and screened at the - National Film Theatre, London, UK, as part of 60 Seconds Surreal. 60 Seconds Surreal was ------an event linked to Undercover Surrealism, exhibition held at Hayward Gallery.
2002 The Displaced Conscience's Behaviours, video-installation project shortlisted by Deptford-X
2000 IDENTI-KIT Interactive installation proposal for Amnesty International.
2000 Ticket to Ride, Video installation for Waterloo Gallery, London.
Mentioned in the press
Morgan Falconer, 'Digi-monde:Painters of Modern Life', a-n Magazine, May 2003.
Keith Nicol, Digi-monde:Painters of Modern Life', Network, number 24, spring 2003.
Malerei à la Andrea Rossi. TZ, 26th March 2004.
Auf der Suche nach Erotik. Abendzeitung, 26th March 2004.
Eros fliegt im schwarzen Tanga. Augsburger Allgemeine, 7th July 2004.
Appeared in publications
NY ARTS Vol.11 no 11/12 2006.
RIABITA, #11, Novembre 2005.
RIABITA, #6, Giugno 2006.
BOE’, #6, Novembre-Decembre 2009.
ARTECULTURA, Aprile 2010.
Featured in catalogues
Vittorio Sgarbi, 'Lo Stato Dell'Arte. Regioni d'Italia. 54th Venice Biennale', Skira, 2011.
Painting the Nude, 2006, The Chambers Gallery.
Rumors, 2008, Italian Factory.
Biennale of Chianciano, 2009, Museo d’Arte di Chianciano Terme. Foreword by Tim Davies, Young Arts Critic of The Year, award given by The Guardian newspaper.