Rialto Center for the Arts

RossinIn recent years Rossin has established his reputation as one of the world’s leading portrait painters.

His clientele includes a wide range of world leaders in politics, business, science, history and the arts. His work can be found in various government institutions, museums and private collections.

The Bulgarian-born American artist and his family relocated to the United States in 2001.

Throughout the 1990s, Rossin traveled intensively around the world, exhibiting and working on commissions in Western Europe and Japan.

Four of Rossin’s portraits are displayed in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC: “Ambassador Andrew Young,” famed actor Morgan Freeman, baseball legend Hank Aaron and iconic poet Maya Angelou.

The portrait of “Mahatma Gandhi” was presented to the Indian Prime Minister in May 2013 by Rossin with the active support of fellow Rotarian R.K. Seghal.

President Jimmy Carter sat for Rossin in 2011. The resulting portrait hangs in The Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

In 2003, the double portrait of Presidents George H. Bush and George W. Bush was unveiled in the George H. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

In 2012, Rossin’s portrait of King George VI, marking Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, was accepted by H.R.M. Queen Elizabeth II and became her royal property.

As an active Rotarian, Rossin painted the portrait of Paul Harris, the founder of RI. The painting sold at auction, raising USD 170, 500 for the Rotary Foundation. Rossin was named a Paul Harris Fellow and Polio Campaign Hero. The portrait is displayed in the Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, WY.

In 2004, Rossin’s large-scale masterpiece “Meeting In Time,” a portrait of all U.S. Presidents of the 20th Century, gathered in the Cross Hall of the White House, took its place in the Booth Museum, Cartersville, GA.

Between 2006 and 2010, Rossin created his “American Royalty Collection:” A series of large-scale portraits and paintings depicting iconic American individuals and objects. Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Coolidge, Teddy Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, a Barbie Doll and a Coca-Cola can count amongst them and can be found in various private collections throughout the United States.

Portraits of three consecutive Coca Cola Company presidents: Mr. Roberto Goizuetta, Mr. Doug Ivester and Mr. Neville Isdell lead an impressive list of more than 500 portraits that Rossin has created in the last 11 years.

U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Paul Coverdale, U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Georgia Governor Sony Perdue are just a few of his high-profile commissions.

Rossin received his classical training in painting in his native Bulgaria. He has been privately tutored in the arts since the age of six.

He attended the prestigious Sofia High School of Fine Arts and, in 1990, he received his M.A. from The Sofia Academy of Fine Arts.




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