Rossina Bossio is a multidisciplinary artist born in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied Visual Arts at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in her hometown and Fine Arts at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France. Her work, which ranges from painting and drawing to photography and video, has been exhibited at The Imperial City Art Museum (BAMOIC), in Beijing; the Grand Palais in Paris; the Tribeca Cinemas in New York; and the Saint Claire’s Church Museum in Bogotá.
    Growing up in Bogotá in a highly conservative and religious environment, Bossio’s earliest drawings and paintings delved into her past aiming to shatter taboos about gender and sexuality, in an attempt to redefine her identity. In early 2008 she traveled to France, where she would live and work for several years. This marked an important turn in Bossio’s work, focusing less on autobiographical issues and more on the wide-ranging situations of all womankind. Gender systems and traditional conceptions of sexuality thus became the core of Bossio’s practice.
    In 2010, the artist embarked on her most ambitious series to date: The Holy Beauty Project (THBP). Featuring painting, video and performance, THBP explores the seductive power of images as well as the influence of religious and pop iconography on our identity. This project culminated in a solo exhibition held at the Saint Claire’s Church Museum in Bogotá, on April 2012.
    Restless in her practice and in constant evolution, Rossina Bossio keeps delving into the human figure. Her portraits are complex, ambiguous; they reflect an endless quest around the paradoxes of the human condition. Women are still her preferred subject: women as the epicenter of seduction, as protagonists of the history of visual communication and as a symbol of beauty, but a beauty that, when transferred to the canvas or the screen, it is not about complacency or sweetness: it becomes visceral and ambiguous; it is beauty that confronts the viewers while subverting taboos and stereotypes.
 

Solo exhibitions

 
  • 2012 The Holy Beauty Project
    Saint Claire’s Church Museum. Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2010 Casa de Muñecas
    Skandia Centro Cultural. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2009 Holy Beauty
    Le Cheval Bleu. Rennes, France
  • 2008 Rossina Bossio
    Club los Buhos. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2007 Expreso de Imprecisiones
    Atena Estudio de Arte. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2007 Simulacros
    Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogota, Colombia

Group exhibitions

 
  • 2014 The Secret Auction
    Cero Galería. Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2013 Line and Figure
  • 2014 Art Stage Singapore
    Marina Bay Sands. Singapore
  • 2013 Gran Colectiva
    Galería Otros 360º. Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2013 Line and Figure
    Centro Social Cultural y Deportivo Hebraica. Caracas, Venezuela
  • 2013 Beijing International Art Expo, BJIAE
    Beijing Exhibition Center (BEC). Beijing, China
  • 2013 Where dreams cross Video screening
    Färgfabriken Gallery. Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2013 Athens Video Art Festival
    CAMP!. Athens, Greece
  • 2013 Cuerpos Opacos
    Saint Claire’s Church Museum. Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2013 Meet in Beijing Art Festival
    Capital Library of China’s Convention Center. Beijing, China
  • 2013 Video Art and Experimental Film Festival
    Tribeca Cinemas. New York, USA
  • 2012 Perspectives in Latin-American Art 1950-2012
    The Imperial City Art Museum. Beijing, China
  • 2012 Sincronía Encuentro de Arte y Artistas
    La Localidad Usaquén. Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2012 Art Shanghai 2012
    Latin-American Pavilion & The International Wing. Shanghai, China
  • 2011 Art en Capital/ Salon Comparaisons
    Grand Palais. Paris, France
  • 2011 Art 360
    Agence Euro RSCG 360. Rennes, France
  • 2011 Dazed Live Festival
    18 Hewett Street. London, England
  • 2010 Des histoires
    Le Rayon Vert. Nantes, France
  • 2010 I Artist’s Bookshörnan
    Grafiska Sällskapet. Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2010 Singulière Plurielles
    L’Antre Temps. Rennes, France
  • 2009 Pequeno formato
    Club El Nogal. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2009 Regards Colombiens sur l’art contemporain
    Galerie Pictura. Bourges, France.
  • 2009 Au Bonheur des Arts
    Parcours. Carentoir, France.
  • 2008 Retratos
    Fundacion Santillana. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2007 Land-Escape
    Galeria Casa Riano. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2007 Figurativos (as)
    Galeria FENALCO. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2007 Nino-Techo-Derecho
    En Obra. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2006 I Salon de Arte, Cuerpo y Medicina
    Universidad Nacional. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2006 Sin-Re-Con/Torno
    Cafe de Rosita, La Candelaria. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2005 V Salon Javeriano
    Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Minuto de Dios. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2004 IV Salon Javeriano
    Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Minuto de Dios. Bogota, Colombia

Distinctions

 
  • 2012 Guest Speaker Workshop: Naked Body Dressed Body
    Museo Nacional de Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2009 Guest speaker Conference: The status of women artists and the representation of women in art in the 21st century.
    University Jean Moulin Lyon III. Lyon, France
  • 2009 DNAP avec felicitations du jury (National Fine Arts Degree with honors
    Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Rennes, France
  • 2007 First PrizePlastic Arts Convocatory Nino-Techo-Derecho. Fundacion Tiabambi Colseguros.
    Bogota, Colombia

Education

 
  • 2009 DNAP
    Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Rennes, France
  • 2007 Visual Arts
    Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogota, Colombia
 

Publications/ Articles/ Interviews

 
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