Spanish artist Rosana Largo Rodríguez creates contemporary surrealist paintings inspired by classical techniques. Her artistic inclinations begin with realism and imagination as she incorporates a variety of techniques and materials to create engaging visual elements and chromatic softness. The lauric quality in the texture of her pieces is achieved through the use of olive oil for a silky and almost innocent surface finish. In her works, figures emerge out of a darkened or solid-colored background into the fantastic scene she presents to the viewer. Delicate and provocative, Rodriguez arranges a variety of forms, symbols, and objects which, as they emerge out of a darkened background, together create dialogue. She often features hidden symbolism and hidden critiques of present day life and culture.
Rodríguez’s works are lauded for their great profusion of details that create strong visual narratives; from her delicate handling of color and texture to her sophisticated detail in costume, lighting, and expression. In 2019, Largo was awarded the Michelangelo International Prize in Rome, one of the most prestigious art awards to be received.