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Rozanne Hermelyn DiSilvestro Sunnyvale, California

Artist Rozanne Hermelyn DiSilvestro exposes secret inner turmoil through the sweeping brushstrokes in her portraits. Her art career traces back to her childhood and the support of her mother, who was a fashion designer and seamstress. "She taught me to sew from a very early age," says Rozanne. "At twelve, I begged her to sign me up for the adult education figure drawing class in the room next door to her painting class. To this day, I still participate in weekly life drawing sessions." Rozanne continued to study art and design in college, and then worked for several years in the creative industry in Los Angeles and San Francisco before opening her own design firm. After twenty years running a successful design business, she felt it was time to transition and express her voice through fine art. Today, Rozanne finds inspiration for her artwork during trips to museums and poring over books. "When I accidentally came upon Russian-American painter Sergei Bongart, my creative life finally clicked," she explains. "His words, 'art is more than a product of your efforts; it should be about feeling, life, attitude, soul,' still inspire me every day." Rozanne's work has been acquired by the Harvard Art Museums and the Library of Congress, and her paintings are published in Reed Magazine, California's oldest literary journal, and in The California Printmaker journal.

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    About The Artist

    Artist Rozanne Hermelyn DiSilvestro exposes secret inner turmoil through the sweeping brushstrokes in her portraits. Her art career traces back to her childhood and the support of her mother, who was a fashion designer and seamstress. "She taught me to sew from a very early age," says Rozanne. "At twelve, I begged her to sign me up for the adult education figure drawing class in the room next door to her painting class. To this day, I still participate in weekly life drawing sessions." Rozanne continued to study art and design in college, and then worked for several years in the creative industry in Los Angeles and San Francisco before opening her own design firm. After twenty years running a successful design business, she felt it was time to transition and express her voice through fine art. Today, Rozanne finds inspiration for her artwork during trips to museums and poring over books. "When I accidentally came upon Russian-American painter Sergei Bongart, my creative life finally clicked," she explains. "His words, 'art is more than a product of your efforts; it should be about feeling, life, attitude, soul,' still inspire me every day." Rozanne's work has been acquired by the Harvard Art Museums and the Library of Congress, and her paintings are published in Reed Magazine, California's oldest literary journal, and in The California Printmaker journal.

    Artist Statement

    The human form has always intrigued me. It’s not about capturing the perfect physical anatomy, it’s about feeling my subject and exposing the hidden self. Through bold and gestural marks, the human body reveals itself amid the abstract to express a visceral link. This potential inspires my romance with the monotype printmaking technique. It is spontaneous and allows my art to transform by freeing my mark making to endless exploration and possibilities of abstraction. Each movement and emotion of every paint stroke is recorded onto the plate so there is no hiding once I start. The uncomfortable space is enlightening and very addicting. I draw and paint without hesitation on a smooth plate by adding and subtracting oil inks and then printing the image onto 100% rag paper through an etching press. Each artwork is unique and one-of-a-kind.

    Artist Background

    University of California, Los Angeles
    Bachelor of Arts, 1983

    Art Center College of Design

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1987

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