Rosanne Licciardi was born in Rochester, NY, most likely with a pencil in her hand. As a young girl she wore out a magic slate a week practicing her swishes and curves that continue to be underlying elements in her work today. Organic forms and flower fantasies lend a surreal air to her imaginative drawings. An early self-portrait shows her hair being sucked in by a flower. Nudes hidden in the trees show up in her charcoal rendition of an organic forest. She is inspired by music. Shapes found in nature emerge with the repetition and rhythm of her pencil.
That's the yin side of Rosanne. Her yang expresses itself quite differently with bold strokes and vibrant hues. Traveling for several years to New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival, she began a collection of masks whose bright colors turned her in a new direction. Using pastels, acrylic paints often applied with fingers, feathers and jewels, she captures the spirit of the lively French Quarter.
Her studies include photography, communication design, theater, music, and fine art from SUNY Buffalo and Syracuse University. led to an award-winning graphic design agency in Rochester from 1981-1995. Music played a key role as she created Soiree Africaine, a weekly series of African drum and dance. Her art today reflects the dance. She moved to Raleigh, NC in 1995 where she became an exhibiting member of Studio 17, cooperative uptown gallery. Her solo shows included the Clayton Art Center and several Port City Java locations. In 2010 she moved to New Orleans where she could be among fellow artists and musicians immediately gaining acceptance into a French Quarter gallery and several shops.
Living up to her 'gypsy' nickname, nowadays she travels throughout the US and Mexico with her musician husband, Don Scott. whom she met in New Orleans. When there's not a pencil or camera in her hand, there's now a djembe and a cajon.
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