Diana Rosa

Artist Statement/Biography

The pieces now on exhibit at TAG Art Gallery are from the series ‘Life is Beautiful’.

“My paintings are visual records of nature’s cycles of growth and decay. They have a biomorphic shape; natural in origin, simple and voluptuous. I combine the random actions of painting with controlled, deliberate mark-making to describe each form, which is often human, floral, abstract or plantlike in structure. The energy and application of the surface is important as I build multiple layers of rich pigments and I feel that it is important to be spontaneous and raw. I try to allow the images to reveal themselves to me as much as possible while I push to abstract line, colour and form.

“I use acrylic mediums on canvas. Striving to paint in modest and uncomplicated manners, no rules are exercised. I paint freely and apply colours according to the content of the subject matter. I paint what I feel and choose subjective themes based on the daily experiences affecting everyone’s lives. I try to depict a common thread that we universally experience.

“I believe in the rich artistic possibilities of any solid form, defined by the interaction and illusions of several colours.

“I could say that I intimate a certain relationship between physical and psychological space in my work, because in a sense that is true. But my approach to make a painting is much more comfortable, intuitive, and personal than that. And so, the result of this visual investigation—the painting itself—reflects that process. I am most interested in extracting singular experiences from nature’s endless cycles, and in transforming the public world of nature into a place of private knowledge.” (from the Artist’s web site, with permission)

Diana Rosa is a Brampton Artist who has exhibited at numerous galleries and events around the Toronto area and elsewhere in southern Ontario, as well as in the United States. Born in Cuba, she received a B.A. in Art History from Oriente University, and was curator at the Contemporary Art Centre in Holguin. She was also a lecturer and a writer on Contemporary Art there. She has lived in Canada since 2002.

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