Raised in Los Angles, Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro is a San Francisco Bay area visual artist working in the disciplines of painting and printmaking. Exposed very young to the arts through her mother, a fashion designer and master seamstress, Rozanne followed her passion for the arts throughout her youth. Rozanne studied art and design at UCLA and Art Center College of Design and went on to form her own award-winning design firm in San Francisco. After her successes in the commercial art world, Rozanne pivoted her focus to express her own creative voice. A self-taught fine artist, she spent many years studying and exploring painting and printmaking, pushing beyond traditional techniques. Rozanne’s work reflects her love of the visual message and is inspired by lived experiences and people. Often painting the unheard voice, her art encourages dialogue on many overlooked social issues.
Awarded Best of Show and 1st place in numerous exhibitions, Rozanne’s work has been shown in Triton Museum of Art, Marin Museum of Contemporary 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 a visual thinker, reflecting life through paint and ink. The power of the visual message has always intrigued me. Through my art, I invite the viewer to start a conversation, experience another identity, and question personal truths.
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 repeatedly 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.”