©Christian Rosa courtesy the artist and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. Photo: Adam Reich

Christian Rosa
178.0 x 250.0 cm
oil, charcoal, pencil, and oil stick on canvas

Christian Rosa is a Brazilian-born contemporary painter. The artist previously worked in photography and film before painting, and went on to study under German painter Daniel Richter at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Since then Rosa creates colorful and pop taste paintings using pastel, pencil, charcoal, spray paint, and acrylic paint.
Rosa’s improvisational marks are applied to unprimed canvas in isolated elements and forms as a physical record of his gestures.

Various colors and lines scattered around the canvas are recognized as an archive of his act of painting. Meanwhile, spectators can feel a sense of music over the painting through a rhythm created by those individual elements which remind viewers of Wassily Kandinsky. Indebted to the works of both Cy Twombly and Joan Miró, Rosa’s works are completed in a primary color palette with long pencil marks flitting around the painted space.

(Commentary & Translation: Tomoya Iwata)