Biography

Rosanna Marmont works from make-shift studio sites throughout North America, including Alberta, Arizona, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Saskatchewan . Her paintings and sculptures are sold internationally and are exhibited predominately in Western Canada. Her preferred canvas of wood emphasizes the natural grain and figure through hundreds of thinly applied layers of oil pigments using a self-developed technique unique to her work.

Born in rural New Zealand, a life of continuous travel and exploration gave rise to Rosanna’s first experience of Western Canada in southern Alberta. The impact of the plains landscapes later became a central muse in her creative endeavors, resurfacing in the form of landscape painting during her studies at Concordia University. Graduating in 2009 from Concordia University with distinction in Fine Arts, she has since embraced a life working full time as an artist. 

Rosanna’s work has focused primarily on a unique perspective of Western landscape and culture. Conceptually she seeks to juxtapose the romantic portrayal of Western prairie with contemporary realities. A plastic bag blows in the wind on a barbwire fence, oil pools before the silhouette of an oil jack, a herd of ear-tagged buffalo stand within the confines of a feedlot, a cowboy pushes a grocery cart down the dusty trail.  The popular image of the west, saturated with rural nostalgia, cowboy mysticism and the romanticized native ‘indian’ is subversively challenged. As an artist, Marmont acts as a visual journalist, seeking to observe and include that which most often goes edited in the making of our Western self-image.

Artistic Awards

2012 First Place Winner of ‘Defining Moments’ National Art Competition, held by Taking-it-Global and sponsored by Heritage Canada

2005 Awarded the Cameron Memorial Award for Compatibility and Artistic Excellence

2005 First in Art, Grade 12, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School


Artistic Education

2010-2011 Two month under-study with Alaskan potter Peter Brondz
2010-2011 Six month apprenticeship under Saskatchewan wood and salt firer and functional ceramicist Martin Tagseth
2009-2010 Tutorship under conceptual ceramicist Carmela Laganse
2009-2010 Tutorship under Montreal Wood Carver Bob Comeau
2009 Graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, Majoring in Painting in Drawing


                                                                            Exhibitions

Solo Shows

June-August 2015, Working the Land and Still Life, Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks Alberta

June-September 2015, Between the Furrows, Leighton Centre, Millarville Alberta

August-September 2014, Working the Land, Pincher Creek Public Art Gallery, Lebel Mansion, Pincher Creek Alberta

June 2012, LAND/ LANDED/ LANDLESS, Salmon Arm Public Art Gallery Salmon Arm British Columbia

July 2011, SCAPE, Gallery V, Montreal Quebec

July 2005, Impressions of Europe, Steeps Tea House, Calgary Alberta

Group Shows

2016, Artist Studio, Calgary Stampede, Calgary Alberta

2015, Western Showcase, Calgary Stampede, Calgary Alberta

2014, Western Showcase, Calgary Stampede, Calgary Alberta

2012-2014, Peter Brondz Art Gallery, Bird Creek, Alaska USA

2012-2013 Defining Moments, Top-26 Group Show: 

        June 1 - August 31, 2013, ArtStarts, Vancouver British-Columbia
        February 11 - March 31, 2013, Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum, Gormley Ontario
        February 1 - February 18, 2013, Winterlude Festival, Confederation Park, Ottawa Ontario
        January 19 - February 2, 2013, Eastern Edge Gallery, Saint John’s Newfoundland
        January 1 - February 28, 2013, Telus Spark Science Centre, Calgary Alberta
        January 1 - February 28, 2013, Summerside Public Library, Summerside P.E.I
        January 1 - February 28, 2013 Keshen Goodman Public Library, Halifax Nova-Scotia

        November 9 - December 22, 2012, Yukon Arts Centre, Youth Gallery, Whitehorse Yukon
        November 1 - November 30, 2012, Millennium Library, Winnipeg Manitoba
        November 1 - January 31, 2013, Cultural Exchange, Regina Saskatchewan
        October 1 - November 15, 2012, Palisades Stewardship Education Centre, Jasper, Alberta
        September 28 - November 1, 2012, Kiosque Place de l’Hotel de Ville, Fredericton New-Brunswick
        September 27 - October 20, 2012, Gallery Connexion, Fredericton New-Brunswick
        September 20 - 22, 2012, 11th edition of Banff Forum, Collingwood Ontario
        September 14 - November 2, 2012, Yellowknife Public Library, Yellowknife Northwest Territories
        September 5 - September 7, 2012, Palais de Congres, Montreal Quebec
        June 30 - July 1, 2012, Wychwood Barns, Toronto Ontario
        July 27 - July 29, 2012, National Association of Friendship Centres, Yukon Inn, Whitehorse Yukon

Summer 2011- Winter 2013, Group Exhibition, Odin Gallery Quebec

2011, Feature Artist at Art First Gallery, September-December, Revelstoke British Columbia

2011, NOAA Members Group Exhibition, Vertigo Gallery, May, Vernon British Columbia