About

Rosanna Gaddoni

Visual Artist

Bio

Rosanna Gaddoni was born in Italy, where she had a classical education. Since an early age, she has been showing a predisposition for art and throughout her life she has always drawn and painted as a personal need, enhancing her techniques through practice and insatiable self-education. Since 2010 she has been living abroad and after two years in Asia she is now based in the Netherlands, where she works and lives

After a corporate career and first self-taught training, she attended the orientation year at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and a series of courses at the Teekenschool van het Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In 2018 and 2019 she attended classical realistic drawing and painting workshops in Eduardo Durdin’s atelier in Eindhoven. In 2020, she concluded the two-year course in Leiden, for Sumi-e instructor, issued by the International Sumi-E Association of Tokyo.

She is a member of The Portrait Society of America and she has been awarded 2nd place in the category – Animals as the subject – in December 2021 in the yearly Members Only Competition among 1219 entries coming worldwide.

She has been selected as top15% in several months in the BoldBrush International Painting competition and she has participated in numerous temporary exhibitions. She has been selected to expose at the yearly International Sumi-E exhibition held by the International Sumi-E Association in Tokyo in 2020 and 2021.

Rosanna’s artworks are part of private collections in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, UK, US, Canada, Turkey, Iran.

In 2021 she has been invited to participate in the “35×35 art project” and her work is also part of the permanent collection of the Copelouzos Family Art Museum in Greece.

Artist Statement

In my work, I research Life’s presence and I want to perceive, explore, and celebrate it. I want to create artworks in which the human experience of existence is central and reveals itself unexpectedly. My work is intended as an invitation to open to Life, as ineffable and precious.

I mainly work with realistic drawing techniques and explore the world of colors with abstract paintings, to point to different sensory responses. The drawings (monochrome using charcoal and graphite on hot pressed cotton paper) involve the memory through intellectual associations, representing humanity and the relationship with the cosmos. Animals, landscapes, mundane corners, hidden places, and the human figure play in the world, which I attentively approach: it never ceases to amaze me. My drawings are as meticulous as my involvement, full and authentic. The abstract technique (acrylic or mixed media) conveys the power of colors, which triggers an emotional level with their symbolic power.

I spend a lot of time and effort researching what I want to draw or paint, drafting, and studying the composition, like tending a garden, to create the conditions to enjoy flowers. When I start to draw or to paint, I am fully committed to being at my very best, and all my energy is focused on my actions.

There is a subtle line connecting all my artworks: it is a sign of my devotion to every form of Life and to the perception and the respect of the human experience, in this remote corner of the universe that we live in.

Painting en plein air at The Colorfield Performance 2021 – Elst – The Netherlands

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EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS

2021

December 2021 / 2nd place Portrait Society of America – yearly Members Only Competition, Category: Animals as the Subject. (artwork selected and awarded from 1.219 entries). Link

September 2021 / Bronze Award 2021 April 2021 “Black and white 2021” with the drawing “Old Friend” Camelback Gallery and Group Award Exhibition September – October – November 2021 Link

September 2021 / Bronze Award 2021 April 2021 “All Abstracts” with painting “Fragment #1” Camelback Gallery and Group Award Exhibition September – October – November 2021 Link

TOP 15% Boldbrush Painting competition August 2021 with the painting “Fragment #1”

TOP 15% Boldbrush Painting competition July 2021 with the drawing “Gestures”, “Benedetta”, and “The Young Queen”

9 – 21 June / INTERNATIONAL SUMI-E EXHIBITION Collective in Tokyo Japan

June / THE COLORFIELD PERFORMANCE The Netherlands June 2021 – Collective Exhibition until September 2021

TOP 15% Boldbrush Painting competition May 2021 with the drawing “New Moon”

April 2021 / Bronze Award 2021 April 2021 “Artist’s choice 2021” with the drawing “The Dawn” Camelback Gallery and Group Award Exhibition June – July – August 2021 Link

April 2021 / Bronze Award 2021 April 2021 “Amazing Animals 2021” with the drawing “The Ghost” Camelback Gallery and Group Award Exhibition April – May – June 2021 Link

TOP 15% Boldbrush Painting competition April 2021 with Abstract Painting “Fragment #10” and Drawing “Benedetta”

April 2021 / Selected for the juried exhibition HUMAN NATURE in April 2021 – Colors of Humanity Gallery with the drawings: “Portrait of Joy” and “Lost Paradise”

TOP 15% Boldbrush Painting competition March 2021 with Abstract Painting “Doubts” and Drawing “Portrait of Blue”

TOP 15% Boldbrush Painting competition February 2021 with Abstract Painting “Fragment #1” and Drawing “The way I looked at the world”

TOP 15% Boldbrush Painting competition January 2021 with Abstract Painting “Fragment #10” and Drawing “Summer”


2020

TOP 15% Boldbrush Painting competition December 2020 with Abstract Painting “Fragment #1”

CFAContest November/December 2020 – Honorable Mention with Abstract Painting “Fragment #1”

9 February – 1 March / “‘T HUIS VAN LIEFHEBBER” Collective with the exhibition about Tinus Derks – Cacaofabriek Helmond The Netherlands

22 Dec 19 – 5 January / “INCONTRI” Collective exhibition – Terranuova Bracciolini Italy


2019

December/ Winner DutchArtsySoul Art Contest

August / Gran Gala Degli Iblei Palazzo Acreide (Italy) – Winner Drawing Section

June / INTERNATIONAL SUMI-E EXHIBITION Collective in Tokyo Japan

18 – 28 May / “PER VISIBILIA AD INVISIBILIA” Collective exhibition at ON Art Gallery in Florence Italy

26 February – 31 March / “SHE IS ART” Collective exhibition at Roccartgallery in Florence Italy

8-18 March / “TRA FIGURATIVO E INFORMALE” Collective exhibition at Galleria Merlino in Florence Italy

19 January – 9 February / “BIANCO & NERO” Collective at Roccartgallery, Florence (19 January – 9 February 2019)


2018

29 july – 29 august / COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION at De Groene Panter in Helmond Netherlands

6 april – 18 may / COLLECTIVE at the Gemeentehuis in Deurne Netherlands

February / SOLO PORTRAITS EXHIBITION at Kwebbeltje in Helmond Netherlands

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Curated artist on art magazine MA’ NANAS February 2021

Featured on Canyon Voices Literary Magazine, Arizona state – Fall 2019
Artwork Section pag 102-103
Cover of Poetry Section pag 72-73

Selected artists Catalogue by Elena Gollini Art Blogger – 2 nd edition – 2019, pag 83 – 97

Curated artist on Dutch artsy soul art blog – 26/02/2019

Marleen Smits, De Traverse, Helmonder van de week: Ik neem tijd om schoonheid te zien,
18/09/2019 page 16

Featured by Elena Gollini art blogger, Informazione.it arte e cultura, Rosanna Gaddoni: arte di poetica realtà
14/11/2019

Interview on art magazine MA’ NANAS February 2021 issue

Roccart’s Painters – Roccartgallery at Ex Filanda – Loro Ciuffenna IT – from 6 to 15 September 2019

Per Visibilia ad Invisibilia – ONArt Gallery Firenze (IT) – from 18 to 28/05/2019

Press: ExibartToscanarte

Tra Figurativo e Informale – Galleria Merlino Firenze IT – from 8 to 18/03/2019

Bianco & Nero – Roccart Gallery Firenze IT – from 15/01 to 09/02/2019

Press: Firenze TodayEvensi

She is Art – Roccart Gallery Firenze IT – from 26/02 to 28/03/2019

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