Dion Rosina makes paintings that are based on historical images and his personal imagination. In his work he explores the underexposed history of the African diaspora and how it relates to the present. He sees his paintings as a domain with which he can merge and question diverse subjects such as immigration, repression, reality and alienation.
The figures in his work usually find themselves in situations that cannot be fully explained and in environments with a dream-like character, which oscillate between recognition and alienation. Unfinished spots in the depiction expose the background, making the underpainting visible. With this he tries to ask questions about the meaning of reality. Are they holes in reality, or does it make them visible?
Dion Rosina is part of the art collective Pillars of Autumn and one of the participating artists of the group project A Funeral for Street Culture (2021), curated by Rita Ouédraogo and Metro54 at Framer Framed, Amsterdam.
Source: Breitner Academy, Amsterdam