Anita Rozentale (b.1990, Latvia), lives and works in UK & Latvia. Anita has represented England’s South-East region for Lloyds TSB Art of Nurture, been a finalist in the Salon Art Prize (Matt Roberts Arts), was one of the finalists for the Summer Art Prize (Lacey Contemporary Gallery), long listed for BP Portrait Award 2016, and most recently – for FK Balva in 2018 (Latvia).
Through a variety of media including but not limited to appropriation, collage, painting, photography, sculpture, and cyanotype, Anita Rozentale explores the differences in people’s cultural, political, historical, and social backgrounds and the selective imagery of subjective experiences - what makes a human being a person they aim to be? By questioning photography as a medium on its own right, Anita plays with what at first glance appears to be real but when looking closer - surreal narratives emerge. Anita calls this process “painting with photographs”.
Photography is an heirloom, an evidence of things that have happened, a proof of something you have only heard of, a tool to convince. By touching on the themes such as evidence, Anita works with the authenticity of an image and its role in altering ones’ memory - how much is needed for a person to question the shifting states of their memory.
2016 - 2017 Mlitt Fine Art Practice, Glasgow School of Art
2009 – 2012 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Southampton Solent University
2009 – Drawing master class under supervision of Nikolay Uvarov
2008 – Alise Roze design studio, drawing course
FK Balva 2018 Finalist, Latvia
Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, Edinburgh
“Summer Arts Prize”, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
“Salon Art Prize”, Matt Roberts Arts, London
Lloyds TSB Art of Nurture competition, South East England regional finalist, Bristol
April - “Postcards from the past”, Ziemelblazmas Pils (Ziemelblazma Castle), Riga, Latvia
September - "Fragmented Reality", Kalnciema Kvartals' gallery, Riga, Latvia
October - “Jealous Needs You, 2018” (10 year anniversary), Jealous Gallery - Shoreditch, London