Selected works by Christian Rosa

Christian Rosa
Dead on arrival


Pencil, spray paint, oil stick and oil on canvas

180 x 240 cm

The founder of abstraction Wassily Kandinsky advocated for a non-objective art that would not merely represent the world but turn inside the mind to express subjective experiences. Having learnt music before painting, the Russian painter and theorist aspired to transfer the unmediated power of sound to the creation of an emotional visuality. His expression ‘Each colour lives by its mysterious life’ constitutes one of the core strategies of his personal path in painting. Furthermore, his was a fundamental contribution to the perception of the art experience, closer to the spiritual than to intellectual engagement.

Christian Rosa
Endless refill


Spray paint, pencil, tape, oil stick and oil on canvas

180 x 200 cm
Such is the experience proposed by Christian Rosa. Employing pencil, spray and oil paint, the physical actions that the artist executes in front of his large canvases create an abstract pictorial universe that allows colour and form to live by their own mystery. Furthermore, as if to enhance the sense of submission of the will in the process of painting, he incorporates mistakes as potential points of departure of further visual configurations. The evolution of his lyrical abstract images is thus determined by chance and an instinctive trust of the energy contained in physical motion and failure. The result is an ensemble of subtle planes and lines sketched in primary colours surrounded by gestural pencil drawn paths that suggest natural forms such as faces, raindrops or body parts. The interaction of these elements with the white background renders a meditative space where calligraphic scrawling is punctuated by tiny furtive fires emitting their incandescence.
Christian Rosa
Oh Fuck


Pencil, oil stick, spray paint and oil on canvas

180 x 200 cm

Avoiding the preconceived compositional drive that generally rules the painting act, the artist lets his body become the primary vehicle for an automatic writing of sorts, where the images are generated as in a chance-based exquisite corpse.

Text © Gabriela Salgado


Christian Rosa, the shits and the seven dwarfs
Ibid Projects

Ibid is pleased to present an off-site solo show by young Viennese artist, Christian Rosa. This will be his first solo show in Los Angeles. Also showing will be a new feature length video by Colin Snapp.
Rosa, born 1982 in Sao Paolo, has been active and living in Vienna, Austria, since graduating from Akademie der bildenden Künste (2007–2012) where he studied under Daniel Richter. Christian Rosa is an artist who works across media but collage and painting are at the center of his practice. Rosa employs an approach to painting that reduces decision making to the limitations of his physical actions. There is an ongoing struggle to unlearn and rediscover, in which each piece is like a moment isolated from an ever-changing surface. Through this process, Rosa deconstructs, reconfigures and explores the future possibilities of the moment of failure. For his show at 4619 W Washington Blvd, Ibid will feature new paintings by Rosa produced in Los Angeles.
Christian Rosa is one of the prominent young artists working in Vienna whose energy and practice have an important role in the growing scene in which he is involved. Rosa not only exhibits as an artist but curates and organises exhibitions, events, screenings and publications. Recent exhibitions that Christian Rosa has exhibited in includes: ReMap, Athens; Brucennial 2012, New York; NeoSI: neue Situationistische Internationale, Kunstraum Schattendorf, DE; Blind Sculpture, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York; and Vienna Biennale 2010, Künstlerhaus, Vienna.

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