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Rossi , untitled

Rossi (yes she only has one name) grew up in a camper wedged on top of a Ford pick-up truck and had visited all of The United States (except for Hawaii and Alaska because you can’t drive there) by the time she was 11 years old.

"You might say I was pre-dispositioned  to capture life moving by quickly, " says Rossi. In 1981 Rossi joined a group of pioneers taming  a, then, wild part of Brooklyn. As a member of the Crown Heights art movement, she showed her work in several group shows and in a One Woman Show at the Lost and Found Gallery. Rossi was also one of the co-founders of the gallery.

Throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, her acrylics depicting portraits re-written into her own expressionistic sense of reality were exhibited at Studio 429 (Broome Street, Soho), Cave’ Canem (1st Ave. Manhattan) Bob (Eldridge Street, Manhattan) and The Cork Gallery in Avery Fisher Hall.  Her first one-woman-show in Manhattan was at the Lawrence Gallery in 1987.

Her work has been deemed newsworthy in such publications as The New York Times, HX Magazine, Time Out New York and The Village Voice.  She was awarded a grant by The Committee for the Visual Arts for her large public service art exhibitions in the late 80’s.

From 1992 until 1999, Rossi took a leave from the painting world to re-group. "I like to think of it as a very long regenerating nap," says Rossi, "My work has been given the gift of a fresh, crisp, energized new start."

In May 2,001, Rossi re-emerged, taking part in another pioneer movement, the Long Island City Art Frenzy/ There she showed a selection of her new work, painted word on canvas, at the exhibition entitled Nostalgia by Urban Etc. At her most recent exhibition;  Reaction which show-cased the changes in the work of NYC artists as a result of  September 11th, Rossi displayed Images of Empowerment and Healing.  Reaction which drew well over 1,000 visitors and received press in publications like The New Yorker and The New York Post was co-produced by Rossi and DNA Gallery owner Dror Katz.

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