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An Interview with Fabio Rossi of Rossi & Rossi

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An Interview with Fabio Rossi of Rossi & Rossi
Mr Fabio Rossi, Founder and Director of Rossi & Rossi. (Image courtesy of Rossi & Rossi)

Name: Fabio Rossi

Title: Founder/Director

Artists Represented:

Rasheed Araeen, Fereydoun Ave, Konstantin Bessmertny, Faiza Butt, Heman Chong, Ma Desheng, Christopher Doyle, Gade, Naiza H. Khan, Abbas Kiarostami, Kesang Lamdark, Erbossyn Meldibekov, Nortse, Tenzing Rigdol, Leang Seckon, Tsherin Sherpa, Palden Weinreb, Nicole Wong

Nicole Wong, "Nothing Was the Same (detail)", 2016, Toner Over Digital Prints, Variable Size
Image courtesy of Rossi & Rossi

Upcoming Exhibition:

Konstantin Bessmertny, Deity of Doubt, at our Hong Kong Gallery, opening the 28th of May

Konstantin Bessmertny, "The Lovers (Gli Amanti Il Braghettone)", 2016, Oil on Canvas, 42 x 37 cm (16 ½ x 14 ½ in), Framed
Image courtesy of Rossi & Rossi

A typical day for me is…

Apart from trying to get up early in the morning and spend some time with my son who is almost 3, there is no typical day in the life of a gallerist. There are always several upcoming projects on the go, collectors to contact, curators to write to, studio visit with artists etc. It is not a 9-5 job and neither a Monday to Friday: you need passion, dedication, commitment.

My advice for someone who wants to start collecting art is…

Fall in love with art and don’t think about it as a financial investment. Collecting is a journey of discovery and an investment in one’s self.

Tsherin Sherpa, "All Things Considered", 2014, Gold Leaf, Acrylic and Ink on Cotton, 213.4 x 365.8 cm 
Image courtesy of Rossi & Rossi

Rossi & Rossi deals in both Classical and Contemporary Asian Art, with the latter having been exhibited since 2005. What was the reason for adding contemporary art to the gallery’s repertoire?

I have been dealing in Classical Asian art since 1987. In 2005, I was looking for a new professional challenge. I was in Lhasa in February of that year and met a group of Tibetan artists. I had been traveling to Tibet since the early 1991 and never knew there was such a thriving contemporary art scene, active already since the 1980s. I went home and planned a group show in the gallery in London as I wanted to share this ‘discovery' with my friends, clients and colleagues. The response to this first exhibition was so positive both critically and commercially that I decided to continue in this new direction. Over time, my interest expanded and we now also represent artists from Pakistan, Cambodia, Ira, Kazakstan etc. Furthermore, I grew in an environment were there no distinction between classical or contemporary, Western or Asian etc. Appreciation of art has no boundaries, temporal or geographical.

Tenzing Rigdol, "Arrested Landscape I", 2016, Acrylic on Paper, 20 x 72 cm
Image courtesy of Rossi & Rossi

Rossi & Rossi participates in quite a few fairs in the Asian region, including Fine Art Asia and Art Basel Hong Kong. Have you noticed any recent shifts in collecting trends? Are there any artists or particular media that you feel have become popular of late?

I don’t see any particular trend except the audience is becoming more sophisticated in their collecting and hungrier for knowledge, information, discovery.

Heman Chong, "Lord of the Flies / William Golding (1)", 2010, Acrylic on Canvas, 46 x 61 x 3.5 cm
Image courtesy of Rossi & Rossi

You often work with museums such as the Rubin Museum of Art and the Queens Museum, to develop major museum shows. What is your process for organizing a show and how is this different from organizing an exhibition at the gallery?

The way we work with museums is to give them as much logistic support as we can and encouraging artists to create new works specifically for the planned exhibition. Institutional shows are not about selling but are instead opportunities for artists to be ambitious and to develop their practice.

 

 

To find out more about Rossi & Rossi gallery, click here.


 

 


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.



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