Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro is a San Francisco Bay Area visual artist working in the disciplines of printmaking and painting. Rozanne received a B.A. and B.F.A. in art and design from UCLA and Art Center College of Design. After working several years in the creative industry, in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Rozanne opened her own design firm. Twenty-five years later, with a successful design career, Rozanne pivoted to focus on expressing her own creative voice.
Awarded Best of Show and 1st place in numerous exhibitions, Rozanne’s work has been shown in Triton Museum of Art, Museum of Sonoma County, Janet Turner Print Museum, The Art Complex Museum, Museum of Los Gatos, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Harvard Art Museums and the Library of Congress. Rozanne has also been published in Reed Magazine, California’s oldest literary journal and in The California Printmaker journal.
I consider myself an expressive figurative artist, straddling the worlds of painting and printmaking. I love to observe people, to connect with them intuitively, to feel their fragility, strength, energy, and pain. My art is a response to these silent conversations.
Throughout each piece, my paint strokes are expressive impressions, and my colors are brave and thoughtful. Within the light and the shadows, I find an understanding with the world around me.
While oil painting is my first love, I have a special romance with the monotype printmaking technique. The spontaneous act of drawing and painting onto a smooth plate surface is a constant study of life and light. It’s an additive and subtractive process that I do over and over again until I feel my image is complete. My first step is to add oil ink with brushes and rollers and then I remove the ink with my fingers, rags, sticks…anything really, depending on the type of mark I want to create. The final step is to transfer my image from the printing plate to paper through an etching press, creating an one-of-a-kind artwork.