Bio

BIOGRAPHY 

Alessandra Rossi 

 

Alessandra was born in Friuli in northern Italy in 1968, but spent most of her formative years in Venice, in the company of a vibrant international artistic community. Alessandra graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in the USA in 1991 with a BA in Fine Arts. During her time in America, she also worked with established artists such as Leon Golub, Nancy Spero and Rodney Allen Greenblatt under the Arts Education programme at AICA in New York. 

 

She returned to Venice in 1992 and began her career as an artist in the city’s abandoned palazzos, doing site specific installations drawing on the textures of the multi-layered Venetian architecture. She moved on to painting in studio, and set up a collective called Aqualta with English, German, French, Spanish and other Italian artists. Although working in different media, including jewellery and photography, the group drew on each other’s experiences and influences, to present a series of combined shows in their native countries, including Paris and London. 

An installation at the Querini Stampaglia in Venice entitled Livelli in Input saw her collaborate with English artist Craig Wood to create a large computer- manipulated image printed on PVC (8m x4m) exploring the loss of pictorial definition at scale with the loss of Venice’s culture to a newer, more vicarious state that claims to uphold it. 

Her debut in Australia was at Gadfly Gallery, which showed a selection of monoprints. Alessandra was invited to move to Perth to work on paintings and sculpture for the 1998 Festival of Perth, including an extended residence at Claremont School of Art. 

Since then she has held many solo and group exhibitions at Greenhill Galleries, Gallows Gallery, PICA, Art Gallery of Western Australia , Moores Building Contemporary, Art Gallery, Fremantle Art Center and for Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe and Bondi and Sculpture at Bathers. 

In 2011 she was the recipient for the Helen Lempriere Scholarship for sculpture which facilitated a residency and an exhibition at the SVA of New York in 2012. 

 

Alessandra work has often explored the relationship between what is visible and what is invisible, what is superficial, on the surface and what is inside, deeper, hidden. She successfully conjures an ambiguous environment, one where presence is virtual, where people exist in the memory of place. 

Her work lies between narrative and abstraction, responding to her instinct, her discernment with space and time, as an expression of her moods and thoughts. Time is essential in her work, as the development of a theme unfolds with the working out of thoughts and emotions on canvas, helping her to comprehend that which eludes her. 

Alessandra sees fragments of a larger dialogue in her paintings, aspects of a more complex existence, and through them seeks to articulate the intangible, to take the viewer to places they might not necessarily go on their own, somewhere between fantasy and reality, between actual and fiction. 

In her installations she has often used earth, grass, water and other natural materials to surprise and challenge pre-conceived ideas of inside and outside, prompting us to think about our perceptions when we’re on different soils. 

Her most recent works incorporates 3D printing to express links between nature and technology.  

From the outside in terms of relationship and feeling, sculpture has become another means of expressing the work that she continues to explore in her paintings, playing with the imagination, looking for what is beneath, inside, hidden

Education 

1991

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, U.S.A.

Painting and Contemporary Art at A.I.C.A., New York, U.S.A. 

1989

Painting at Pratt Institute Venice, Italy

Painting and Drawing at S.A.C.I., Florence, Italy     

 

Selected  Exhibitions

2020

Sculpture by the Sea,Cottesloe, WA

New work, Solo painting  exhibition Sometimes.Gallery WA

Sculpture@Barthers, Fremantle, WA

2019

Invited Artist for sculpture inside, Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, NSW

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe WA

2018

Transfield Australian Invited Artist Bondi NSW

Brilliant , Moores Building gallery, Fremantle WA

Gnullar Mia Art Auction, Nyistor Gallery, WA

2017

ArtEx, B Shed Fremantle WA

Home for Brilliant, Moores Building Gallery, Fremantle WA

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe,WA                

2016

Artist Open House Fremantle WA

Arte Ricca , Cottesloe WA                                

Sculpture by the Sea ,Invited artist,  Bondi NSW

2015

Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Art Centre , WA

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi NSW

Artist Open House Fremantle

Sculpture @ Bathers Fremantle , WA

Paintings and prints @ Camerich, Claremont WA

2014

Artist Open House Fremantle WA

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

Arte Ricca, Cottesloe WA

2013

Murals for Parmelia Park commissioned by the City of Fremantle

Pixelated Cloud for Arcadia, temporary public art Fremantle, WA

Sculpture by the sea, Cottesloe WA

Sculpture @ Bathers, Fremantle WA

2012

Dis-Connected, SVA New York City, USA

New work, Gallows Gallery, Perth

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 

WA Two Way , Kidogo art Gallery WA 

2011

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi NSW

Mnemosyne, solo exhibition, Moores Building, Fremantle

Broken Heart, Venice Sculpture Park, Italy 

2010

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe WA 

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi NSW 

Melville sculpture walk, Mount Pleasant, Perth

Wanneroo art award, Wanneroo 

2009

The Barbie Project, Beaconsfield Primary School, Beaconsfield

Hale School Exhibition, Perth 

2008

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Biennale Art Award, Tafe art gallery Perth

Art Melbourne 2008, Melbourne 

Paintings , Stuart street Gallery, Perth

2007

Art Melbourne 07, Melbourne VIC

Crowded House Solo Exhibition Gallows Gallery

Artopia.art everywhere.Open studio. Fremantle WA

2006

The blue thing, Community project Beaconsfield Primaries WA 

Group show at Hale school, perth W.A.

2005

Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries 

Bank West Contemporary Art Price, Bunbury Art Galleries,W.A.

2004

Untitled Details, Solo Exhibition, Gallows Gallery, Perth, W.A. 

Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Arts Center, Western Australia 

Bank West Contemporary Art Price, P.I.C.A. Gallery, Perth, W.A.

2003

Fresh Paint ’03, Greenhill Galleries, Perth, W.A. 

Code Orange, Claremont, W.A. 

Art in Bloom 03, Art Gallery of Western Australia

2002

Guildford Grammar Art Exhibition, Perth, Western Australia 

Art in Bloom 02, Art Gallery of Western Australia 

 

Public Art Work

2019

Cairns (Marker #123) Transfield Australian Invited Artist Bondi NSW

2017

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe,WA

2016

Sculpture by the Sea, Invited artist, Bondi NSW

2015

Sundial, Piazza Roma, Aiello del Friuli (Udine)- Italy

2013

Murals for Parmelia Park commissioned by the City of Fremantle

Pixelated Cloud for Arcadia, temporary public art Fremantle, WA

2011

Broken Heart, Venice Sculpture Park, Venice Italy 

Commissions/Collections/Awards

2019

Shortlisted for Public Art project, Norton Street, Leichhardt Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea Sculpture Inside Invited Artist, Bondi NSW

Sculpture by the Sea Artist Choice Award, Cottesloe WA

2018

Transfield Australian Invited Artist, Bondi NSW

12 paintings for 2018 calendary Sot Dal Tor , Italy 

2017

Sculpture by the sea Cottesloe, Staff Award

2015

Sundial , Aiello del Friuli - Italy

2013

Parmelia Park, City of Fremantle

Arcadia, City of Fremantle

2011

Helen Lempriere Scholarship 

Venice Sculpture Park, Fusina, Venice Italy

2010

The kerry Stokes Collection 

2002

Public Display, Window Mural, Perth Council House, W.A. 

1995

Livelli in Input, P.A.C.A. London and University of Warwick, U.K. 

1994

Open Air Installation, Camping Fusina, Venice, Italy 

 

Professional

2010-14

SxS educational workshops 

2012

Artist in residency summer program, SVA, New York

2008

Art Classes at Fremantle Art Centre

2002

Teaching at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

2000

Lecture at Curtin University, Western Australia

1999-00

Artist in residency at the Colonnade, Western Australia

Artist in residency at Claremont School of Art, Perth, W.A.

Rodney Allen Greenblatt’ s Assistant, New York, U.S.A.

1990

Leon Golub ’s Assistant, New York, U.S.A.

Nancy Spero ’s Assistant, New York, U.S.A.

Curriculum Vitae

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