ARTIST'S STATEMENTIn the years that I have been making mosaics, I have felt a coming together, a coalescing of my formal artistic training and my heritage as an Italian-Polish American, the granddaughter of immigrants. Along with the obvious connection — mosaic-making being a contemporary art/craft that is still taught and practiced seriously in Italy, there are thematic, stylistic and other more subtle links to the culture I grew up in, to the culture that is being lost to over-assimilation. The major themes of my mosaic work have been: portraits, hears, landscapes, evil eyes (il mal'occhio), other body parts like hands and mouths, and several more obvious references to the pain, the dislocation of immigration such as For My Grandparents: Assunta, Donato, Eva and Jacob, Immigrations #1: Assunta, and Immigration #3: Donato.
VELVET DA VINCI SHOWS
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, 1980-85
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1979
L'Universita Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy, 1978
Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 1974
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, 1973-1975
Opus Veritas: Fragments of Truth, Museo ItaloAmericano, San Francisco, California, 2004
Piece Work: Mosaic and Assemblage by Eight Women Artists. North Charleston Cultural Arts Center, North Charleston, South Carolina, 2004
COLLECT, Show via Velvet da Vinci Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum. London, England, 2004
ANTI-WAR MEDALS, Artists Respond to the War, Velvet da Vinci, 2003, traveling through 2005
Pieceful Visions / Conglomerations: The Inaugural Exhibition of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, The Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center, Orangeburg, South Carolina, 2002
Rock, Paper, Scissors — 10 Year Anniversary Show, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2001
118th Annual Exhibition: "Hoover", Anne Bremer Memorial Library, San Francisco Art Institute, 1999
Craft Invitational '99: Celebrating the Rich and Diverse Fabric of American Craft, Coburn Art Gallery, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1999
New Work by Diana Rossi, Velvet da Vinci, 1998 (one-person exhibition)
Contemporary Mosaics, Mill Valley Sculpture Garden, Mill Valley, California, 1998
Mosaics, Velvet da Vinci, 1995
Friends of the Museo Exhibition and Silent Auction, Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, 1994
Crafts National 28, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1994
Images and Objects 1994, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California, 1994
An Artful Christmas Show, Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, 1993
Recent Work by Diana Rossi and Heidi Nahser, Velvet da Vinci, 1993
Otto artiste italo-americane/Eight Italian-American Women Artists, The Museo Italo Americano at the Mills Building, San Francisco, 1993
The Oakland Tribune, "Berkeley: Public Art", Berkeley section, September 21, 2005, description and reproduction of work, p. 11., 2005
Mosaic Sourcebook by JoAnn Locktov and Doreen Mastandrea, Profile and reproductions of work, pp.172-177. Reproduction of work, p.151., 2004
The Aiken Standard, Aiken South Carolina. May 23, 2004, "Rabold Gallery Features International Mosaic Show" , p. 2C
Mosaic Techniques and Traditions: Projects and Designs from Around the World, by Sonia King. Reproduction of work, p.190., 2003
A Guide to the Addison Street Sidewalk Art by the City of Berkeley, Civic Arts Program. Description of work, p.10., 2002
City of Berkeley, Directory of Public Art by the City of Berkeley, Civic Arts Program. Reproduction of work (detail), p.7., 2002
Pieceful Visions / Conglomerations: The Inaugural Exhibitions of the Society of American Mosiac Artists, (catalogue of exhibit). Reproduction of work, p.6., 2002
Groutline, Newsletter of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Vol. 1, No. 4, Winter 2000. "A SAMA Profile: Diana Maria Rossi, Excerpted From an Interview by JoAnn Loctov", p.5. Reproduction of work, p.5.
Groutline, Newsletter of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Vol. 1, No. 3, Autumn 2000.
Hover / 118th Annual Exhibition (catalogue of exhibit) by the San Francisco Art Institute Artists Committee. Reproduction of work, p.14., 1999
The Art of Mosaic Design: A Collection of Contemporary Artists, by JoAnn Locktov and Leslie Plummer Clagett, 1998, Profile and reproductions of work, pp. 30-35 and back cover.
The San Francisco Examiner, "Eye on Design: Evil and Medieval", Habitate Section, Sept 8, 1993
The Oakland Tribune, "Ultimate in Creativity Evident at San Francisco Craft Fair", reproduction of work, August 13, 1993
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Invited Presenter, Society of American Mosaic Artists, San Francisco, California, 2004.
ACCI Gallery, Images and Objects 1994, Honorable Mention, Berkeley
San Francisco Arts Commission Street Artist of the Year, 1991
Addison Streetscape Project, 2002. City of Berkeley, Berkeley, California. Permanent glass mosaic panel entitled, "Good Fortune", installed on wall in downtown Berkeley.
29th National Conference on Women and the Law, 1989. Oakland, California. Poster design.