This Week's Speaker
Ross Rossin

Ross Rossin:

Rossin's large scale, oil-on-canvas paintings can be found on the walls of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC; The High Museum of Art, The Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia; The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York; as well as in the private collections of Andrew Young, Morgan Freeman, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, among others. Rossin was born in Bulgaria in 1964.

In 2001, after multiple portrait commissions and exhibitions in Japan, France, England, Germany and Greece, Rossin relocated to the US. "My paintings don't look like photographs; photographs look like my paintings." Rossin's objective is to transcend hyperrealism: "All I care about is painting the truth. Like an x-ray," explains Rossin, "my brush searches beyond the façade." In 2014, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery added Rossin's portrait of Dr. Maya Angelou to its permanent collection. This is his fourth painting in the prestigious institution alongside his earlier portraits of famed actor Morgan Freeman, civil rights activist Ambassador Andrew Young and baseball's legendary Hank Aaron. In 2015, the United States Postal Service chose Rossin's portrait of Dr. Angelou as the image for its Maya Angelou Forever Stamp.

Heavily involved in Rotary, Rossin has made impactful contributions through both speaking engagements and fundraising. His portrait of Rotary founder, Paul Harris raised $170,500 for the END POLIO Rotary Campaign in 2010. A frequent keynote speaker at Rotary functions throughout the country, Rossin inspires thoughtful, artistic introspection as he finds the commonality with all humanity searching for "the God particle, the spiritual soul that dwells within us all."

Posted by Karen Schwank
October 21, 2018 8:00am


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