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NICKY ROSSELLI 

Being born and raised in Zimbabwe, Rosselli finds the landscape as the major subject matter in her works that are predominantly oil paint. Famous for her ink and reverse drawings of animals, she drives her fascination and art by being interested in capturing the dynamics of the landscape and exploring the relationship of figures and animals towards the environment that surrounds them.

Passionate about her homeland and its landscapes she claims that there is something about the Southern Africa its drama, mood and essential monumentality that inspires a fascination with colours, shapes and the underlying abstract forms of the land.

 

Now in South Africa exploring the veldt is a little different as landscapes are now those of the Karoo and Eastern Cape rather than Zimbabwe. Rosselli says there are similarities and holds the same qualities. The Karoo for her is a place of immense space and extremes. Her drawings evolved from a curiosity about the life in these open spaces and led her to explore images of farm animals that she relates to her youth. The dominant use of line by Rosselli makes each expression and character unique and specific to her style.

Rosselli studied Fine Art at the University of Natal, worked as a graphic artist in the advertising industry and later became a secondary school art teacher. She also ran the Rosselli Gallery in Masvingo, Zimbabwe for 10 years while exhibiting her work, conducting workshops and privately teaching art classes to children and adults. Currently, Rosselli is located in the Eastern Cape where she has a workspace in Bedford where she teaches and exhibits her work.  

 

Exhibitions

National Heritage Biennial 2000, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

National Heritage Biennial 2002, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Various permanent exhibitions at Rosselli Gallery, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Local exhibitions in Masvingo Province

Permanent exhibitions in Bathurst

Views on a Landscape, exhibition at the 2008 Grahamstown Festival

Re:Place, exhibition at the 2012 Grahamstown Festival

Habitat, exhibition at the 2013 Grahamstown Festival

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