Rosana de Montfort was born in 1973 in Ostrava and has been artistically productive since early childhood under the influence of mentors, role models and teachers such as Karel Žaluda, Věra Špánová-Boudníková, Jiří Stejskal, David John Lloyd, Jaroslav Domiter and Ladislav Maria Wagner.
Her driving engine is the observation of the civilisation tendencies. The testimonies she leaves in the canvases are based on her own view of the world through contradictions. “What exists may be an illusion; what is an illusion, may actually be real.” Rosana is a curator, founder of the art group Magnus Gradus with Jaroslav Jerry Svoboda (Prague) and Radomír Bárta (Brno) and owner of ArtGalerie Moritz.
After 12 years of attending private lectures in the studio of akad.mal. Karel Žaluda and 6 years of studying at Art School in Ostrava, she progresses to the Ostrava-Hladnov College. Feeling out of place in the curriculum, which focuses on exact science, she then transfers to Median Art School. In her second year, she goes abroad to work in order to avoid complications during the time of her parents' divorce.
Permanent life abroad since 1992 offers her a diverse development through interactivity with a multicultural society, thanks to which she speaks many languages fluently, such as German, Italian, Spanish, English and Farsi.
In Munich, she first runs the Matador club in the Kunstpark Ost, where she creates her first gallery and later becomes a co-owner. In 2003, after the divorce, she moves to London for a job offer at the recording company JPM Recordings, where she is engaged in the production and promotion of music projects. It was in Great Britain, where she is able to reach the widest audience while developing her style with several new modern techniques and media. In addition to classical painting, she also creates sculptures, street art and large-scale murals. This is followed by exhibitions and commissions for artistic as well as musical productions for British television channels such as Channel U, BBC Channel 4 and Lion TV. Since 2009, she is successfully leading the new media and project management company DE MONTFORT Ltd. and in 2014 founds its subsidiary DE MONTFORT ART Ltd. focused on artistic activity.
When it comes to styles, she is not limited to a trend or fashion wave. Sometimes she chooses a realistic painting of unreal things, and on the contrary, the real world she depicts with fast, dynamic spatulas. The media she uses for her paintings are mostly canvas, acrylic, oil paints, synthetics, sand and plaster, lacquers and pencils. In sculpture and sculpture, she prefers materials such as expansion foam, acrylic, glass, cement, polyurethane, aluminium and wood.
Due to her fantasque, slightly commix like style, her work is gaining popularity among collectors of contemporary art not only in Europe, but also overseas. With her latest work called "PEACEFUL ALTERNATIVE" and "BACK TO THE ROOT" measuring 520 x 150 cm, she confirms her neo-dystopian post-humanist direction. The aim in her work is to preserve her small world and draw attention to our rapid evolutionary shift, where, with the advancement of technology, the organic form of life disappears and artificial intelligence is being smuggled into our daily decision making.
Rosana currently exhibits around 80 paintings nationwide, organizes art courses, and occasionally teaches art at a college.
Awards and merits
As co-owner of DE MONTFORT ART Ltd. she collaborates with international institutions, galleries and collectors. Her participation in charity projects in Europe and the US, earns her awards by City Councillors of San Francisco and the White House. Together with other awarded participants she is given the International Prize Velazquez 2019 in MEAM European Modern Art Museum Barcelona on the 06.04.2019, International Prize Michelangelo received in Brancaccio Palace in Rome on the 14.07.2019 and two Awards of Excellence as the finalist of INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS in Santa Barbara (CA). In her spare time, she helps in the development of the cultural program of the city of Bílovec, for which she was awarded by the city council in 2020 as an Honorary Citizen.
Galleries, expositions and curatorium
Nowadays she is managing and curating art projects and exhibitions in Gallery MonAmi, Gallery MORITZ and the Chateau Bilovec. Her newly acquired premise of Gallery Montfort (Gallery M) is undergoing a vast reconstruction and will be officially open to public in May 2024.
Rosana is personally involved in on average 8 art projects per year, exhibiting her art collection or creating artworks for the National Heritage Institute. In her further engagement with artists and gallery owners in 2020, she organises 10 to 14 art exhibitions per year, where she applies her understanding and appreciation of their working methods and visions.
In 2022 Rosana realises she is more and more demanded the field of art management and moves more intensely into the position of an art curator for other artists, focusing on the approachability and human touch in the encounter between the artist and the appreciating audience. Although the development of cultural domain in the Moravian region is her latest calling, her own creation persists in a steady paced cognitive manner.
(Edward Charles Marsh, London 2022)
This is me...
I leave my coffee often unattended for hours,
fully submerged into the world in my eyes,
locked up in my room by my own need
to strip down outside influences & enjoy the silence.
The plain space where I am my own personal Jesus
and where I can experience the halo of my own past,
gives birth to a haze of moves and colours.
I am a little 15 again and the insticts of sweeping
brushes across the naked canvas never let me down.
Waiting for the night to fall, where I feel sacred.
"A LOOK AHEAD" / Gallery for oncopatients Prague
"MY TRIX" / Kurture centre STRECHA
"TIME LINE" /Gallery Hrivnac
"WINTER DEPO" /Gallery MORITZ
"PAINTINGS" /Gallery of Silvie Kořistková Orlová (CZ)
NA JEDNÉ LODI. NA JEDNOM BŘEHU./ON ONE SHIP. ON ONE SHORE. Gallery Hřivnáč in Opava
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INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS August 2019 - FINALIST
The painting "Source Found" is in the final for INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS in Santa Barbara (CA) from total of 3962 artworks submitted by 1287 artists,
Awarded by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco for charitable community projects.
INTERNATIONAL PRIZE MICHELANGELO 2019
The painting "SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE" was awarded International Prize Michelangelo, received in Brancaccio Palace in Rome on the 14.07.2019 .
Presented by The White House for community projects.
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS June 2019 - FINALIST
The painting "Shower Time" is in the final for INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS in Santa Barbara (CA) from 4,185 works and 1,427 artists
Presented by townhall for cultural merits in art and community projects.
INTERNATIONAL PRIZE VELAZQUEZ 2019 BARCELONA
The painting "SPACE CHERRY" was awarded the International Prize Velazquez 2019 in MEAM European Modern Art Museum Barcelona on the 06.04.2019.
Presented by the CEO of Circle Art Foundation in global art competition