Christian RosaHip-Hop



Private Collection, Los Angeles, USA.

Christian Rosa's sparse and eloquent abstract paintings function like automatic writing, visually tracing the movements the artist has made in front of the canvas. Working within the self-bound limits of his own physical gestures, the act of painting is, for Rosa, a process of discovery which contains the building blocks for a pictorial narrative all his own.

On the surface, Rosa's paintings appear to pursue the ideals and procedures of high modernism whilst also dispensing with its rules. However, despite their possible visual references to the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro and Cy Twombly, his approach is highly personal. Isolated elements and shapes of pure primary colour float against a raw canvas background allowing new modes of communication to arise between disparate marks on the canvas. 

He has been the subject of several recent commercial exhibitions including: "Put your Eye in your Mouth", White Cube, London (2015), "California Screaming", Ibid, Los Angeles (2014), "Love's Gonna Save The Day" , Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2014), "Christian Rosa" , La Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2014).