RAW ARTIST AURORA ROSSELLI DISCUSSES HER LIFE-LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH ART-MAKING. SEE HER WORK LIVE AT THE NEXT RAW SHOWCASE IN SANTA MONICA ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH.  

When did you first start painting and making art? 
I actually started at the age of nine, when my parents enroll me at the LICEO ARTISTICO in Italy and became devoted to the world of Art. After that, I entered the Accademia di Belle Arti, where I continued gathering the tools necessary to express what you see now in my artwork today.

From where do you draw inspiration?
I am extraordinarily passionate as a person and I find constant inspiration simply by celebrating life and remaining aware. The extensive, formal background I have in fine arts is incorporated into this perspective. However, it has enhanced rather than formed my artistic viewpoint. Along with capturing the fine art of every day scenery and culture in my work, I am especially drawn to people. The life and energy of a person's expression or the look and mood found in an individual is the magic of humanity suspended in time. Throughout my life thus far, I have been keenly sensitive to the visual world. For me, it comes naturally to "see" the world on a level foreign to most. Colors dancing together on pallet knives, fingers molding clay, a shade of lipstick on a mouth, light catching beads of water on skin, fresh vegetables scattered on a counter--such seemingly ordinary things often appear remarkable to me. 

What does a typical art-making day look like for you? 
I never plan really plan an art day. It mostly comes in a moment and with what I'm thinking and feeling. I just always keep my paper and pencils around and when I feel like it, I start to work; no pressure.

What sort of techniques do you most like working with?  
I only work with watercolor pencils for my portraits. It just perfectly fits my style and allows me to create the details i'm looking for in my work.

Do you engage in any other forms of art? 
My specialties extend far beyond painting. Photography, sculpting, and scenography, are just a few of the other forms of art I have embraced. I find the most joy in photographing a wondrous child, a provocative woman, or a pensive man.


Are there any artists or art movements, past or present, that strongly influence your artwork? 
I feel very close to the extreme realism movement. I always loved Caravaggio, Bernini, Leonardo, Michelangelo ... being Italian I was influenced mostly from all the great Italian masters. 

Any previous exhibitions that you are particularly proud of? 
The greatest achievement so far was the Quadriennale D'Arte at the Royal Palace in Naples (Italy). It was a great honor since it is one of the biggest Italian art shows and comes every four years.