Rosanna Rossi was born in 1937 in Cagliari, where she still lives and works.
After finishing her studies at the Istituto d’Arte Zileri in Rome, she returns to the Island in 1958. After her first experiences within the activities of Studio 58, marked by an expressive figuration (expressive figurative styles), altered by material suggestions, in the next decade her research is oriented towards an abstraction that make naturalistic reminiscences in the use of color interact with the connotations of signs of the informal matrix. Even with periodic incursions in the ready-made, subsequent developments keep this project ambivalence, oscillating constantly between a constructive order of concrete ancestry and material-expressive solutions of the new informal abstraction. She taught several graduate courses and also at the European Institute of Design from 1984 to 1990. From 1970 onwards, she began to work on permanent installations in public spaces. Her work continues to imply traditional languages, but in an unusual figuration. In parallel to her own pictorial language, she identifies new possibilities of expression obtained with simple, found, otherwise used, materials, bypassing the previously expressed tradition.
Important critics have written about Rosanna Rossi’s research, such as: Giuliana Altea, Giorgio Bonomi, Efisio Carbone, Placido Cherchi, Claudio Cerritelli, Enrico Crispolti, Giorgio Di Genova, Gillo Dorfles, Maria Luisa Frongia, Lorella Giudici, Silvano Tagliagambe, Francesco Tedeschi, Tommaso Trini, Marisa Volpi Orlandini, Raffaella Venturi, Lea Vergine who have been responsible for her solo exhibitions or have curated group exhibitions to which the artist has been invited to participate. Some works by Rosanna Rossi are part of the artistic heritage of museums and foundations such as: MART Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Galleria Comunale d’arte di Cagliari, Museo MAN di Nuoro, Fondazione Sardegna, Collezione Banco di Sardegna, Collezione Banca Intesa, Collezione P.A.V. (Progetto Arti Visive) Time in Jazz, Berchidda (SS), Museo MACC di Calasetta (SU), Museo Ettore Fico di Torino.