Christian Rosa

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Christian Rosa (born 12 September 1982) is known for his sparse, abstract paintings built up from individual shapes and marks amid large expanses of raw, untreated canvas.[1] Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rosa has lived and worked in Vienna and Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

Rosa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was educated in Vienna, Austria, where his parents moved to when he was still young. He studied under Daniel Richter at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.


Christian Rosa I Compton or Schiele

Rosa first began exhibiting in Vienna in 2008. He had his first major gallery solo show at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin in May 2014, " Love's gonna Save the Day"[2] during Berlin Gallery Weekend, soon followed by a major solo show at White Cube gallery's Mason's Yard location in the historic St. James district of London. “Put Your Eye in Your Mouth”[3] opened 20 March 2015. In 2014/15 he exhibited frequently throughout Europe and the United States.

He has participated in several international art shows, including the Venice Biennale "Momenta" in 2013, as well as the Brucennial 2012[4] in New York. Though he grew up in Europe, his background made him an important[citation needed] ambassador in a major group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in 2014, “Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America”.

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • No means no....Alright, Galeria Mario Sequeira, Portugal, 2017
  • Kardinal Koenig Art Prize, Salzburg, 2017
  • The Art Show, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan, 2017
  • Machs's Dir Selbst, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, 2016
  • Now it's Over, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, 2016
  • More than Nothing, White Cube São Paulo, 2015
  • Mason's Yard, Whitecube Gallery, London, 2015
  • I'm in love with the Coco, Kunstverein Heilbronn, 2015
  • The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes, Almine Rech, Paris, 2015
  • Airports for Shadows and Dust ARTUNER, 2014
  • Love's Gonna Save the Day CFA, Berlin, 2014
  • Christian Rosa & Colin Snapp, Ibid. Los Angeles, CA, 2013
  • Momenta, Venice Biennale, Venice, 2013
  • ReMap Athens, with Jannis Varelas, Athens, 2013
  • Portraits of generations, The Hole New York, 2012
  • Brucennial 2012, New York, 2012
  • NeoSI: neue Situationistische Internationale, Kunstraum Schattendorf, 2011
  • *Grr*(eece) & *Hmmm*, Athens Biennale, Athens, 2011
  • Boom&Boom, StudioMühlgasse, Vienna, 2011
  • Blind Sculpture, Greene Naftali Gallery, NY, 2010
  • Vienna Biennale 2010, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, 2010
  • Status Quo, Daniel Richter Class, Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Vienna, 2010
  • Schimmliges Brot, Punk-Klasse, Daniel Richter Class, Schlechtriem, 2010
  • Brothers White Box Project, Project Birch, NY, 2010


Rosa is the founder and prime artist behind "Grande Vista".[5] This project involves a unique artist in residency program in an attempt to expose emerging artists to curators, galleries and collectors in Los Angeles.

Rosa was the executive producer for "A Wonderful Cloud",[6] a film about exploring a former romance written and directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko. Only barely fictional (Kotlyarenko and his costar were once a couple), A Wonderful Cloud had its world premiere on 15 March at the 2015 SXSW festival.


  1. ^ "Christian Rosa Mason's Yard 2015 | White Cube". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Contemporary Fine Arts - CFA Berlin - CFA Exhibition - Christian Rosa - Love's Gonna Save The Day". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Christian Rosa Mason's Yard 2015 | White Cube". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ Grayson, Kathy (12 May 2014). "Catch Up With Rising Star Christian Rosa". Artnet. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  5. ^ "GRANDE VISTA | GALLERY". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  6. ^ Scheib, Ronnie (27 March 2015). "Film Review: 'A Wonderful Cloud'". Variety. Retrieved 6 January 2016.