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Elizabeth Rosa

Elizabeth Rosa, based in Christchurch New Zealand, creates bold artwork portraying the beauty found in the natural environment of Aotearoa. Elizabeth has a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Canterbury, but has built her art practice in Otautahi, Christchurch over the last four years, after returning from overseas. 

Drawing inspiration from the wildlife and landscapes in Aotearoa, her work captures a moment in time, a second of stillness before you can imagine nature pulling the scene into its next iteration. Whether the subject be our native birds or the captivating sky and ocean, Elizabeth’s work aims to give you a minute to appreciate the ever-changing beauty of the country we live in. Elizabeth's past work portrays the abundance of colour and light that found in our native fauna and flora. Her paintings portray a sense of regality in the painting - the native Fauna of New Zealand do not exist in our world, we exist in theirs. 

As an artist, she is constantly seeking new inspirations to guide her work. For her latest paintings of colourful women. Elizabeth draws on iconic artists of the 20th century: Henri Matisse and Frida Kahlo. Like Matisse, she focused on the beauty of simple shapes, bold colors, and expressive lines. And, like Kahlo, Elizabeth found inspiration in exploring the female form and the emotions that come with it.

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