Roberto Rosenman was born in Venezuela and moved to Canada at an early age where he studied literature and Art at York University. Primarily self-taught, he also studied painting with Tony Curanaj, Gregory Mortenson and Sarah Lamb at the Grand Central Academy in New York City. He switches between still life and portraiture, always incorporating strong symbolism and narrative in his work. He lives in Toronto and teaches Art and Design at George Brown College. His work is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
I describe my work as symbolist still-life. In the tradition of the Vanitas, I use still life objects to describe the intricacies of human relationships and the ‘knots’ that people create within them. Like in the grain of wood, these knots are imperfections which emerge and disturb the normalcy of a relationship.
In other work, I choose to depict everyday objects that are stripped of personal or emotional association and not normally worthy of regard. The technical aspect of realism is inextricably linked to my choice of subject matter in that is meant to force the viewer to look beyond the objective and material world. It is through the overloading of the insignificant with significance that the magical and metaphysical qualities of everyday object are revealed.