Mario Rossi

Fine Art Programme 2D Pathway Tutor, BA Fine Art

Central Saint Martins


Mario gained an MA at Royal College of Art London. He has been a Gulbenkian Rome Scholar, undertaken a fellowship in Creative Art, from Trinity College, Cambridge University and gained a Fulbright Award for Visual Art.

Research interests

Painting: pictorial practices including the relationship between still and moving image and experimental approaches to exhibition and curation.

Research statement

My research ranges across various media and specifically, in terms of production, focuses on painting; its enduring potential both as a space of action and encounter, in relation to dominant modes of representation and distribution.

I have recently been making work and exhibitions that place painting in an uncomfortable relation to itself, institutional procedure and the political subject. I am currently revisiting what might be considered the overdetermined subject of the 'seascape', which in relation to the issues above re-emerges as a loaded but charged site. A screen onto which we project a sense of who we are, or imagine we might be. I am co-initiator of the on-going curatorial visual arts project ‘strangers to ourselves', which since 2001 has taken on various experimental exhibition forms responding to context and site. I am a member and regular contributer to Paint Club a University of the Arts research network that explores and debates what it means to research painting within the context of contemporary art practice.

Selected research outputs