Silvia De Rossi’s stylized masks first came to her as a child, as she carved chalk sticks during school classes. Before embracing the two-dimensional, she forged sculptures out of palm leaves, which she painted with tribal motifs. Although abstract in style, De Rossi’s compositions rest on solid drawing foundations that use perspective and color contrasts to evoke an illusion of depth. Taking cues from the American and European avant-gardes, her work plants its roots as far back as prehistory and is heavily influenced by African tribal art, as echoed in the powerful simplicity of her designs. This dichotomy is also present in her choice of materials: a combination of traditional media, such as oils and acrylics, and other techniques, including synthetic enamel, dyes, asphalt paint, and collage for added texture.
De Rossi feels the injustices of our time deeply and her oeuvre is a mirror of the reality she experiences around her. The artist, however, is not interested in forcibly pushing her own agenda; rather she operates from the inside, with the firm conviction that true global change springs from within. The eye, a symbol found ubiquitously in her work, is a tool for self-analysis and reflection. It holds a magnifying lens on her feelings as well as those of the viewer, reinforcing the idea of conscious unity, which pervades the Universe.
De Rossi holds a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts and Art Education from Universidad Nacional de Rosario. Based in Rosario, Argentina, she exhibited locally as well as in Uruguay and Spain. For decades she taught art in schools and private workshops to adults and children. From them, she has received the precious gift of spontaneity and boundless imagination.