David Rosetzky is an artist born in Australia, currently working in Australia.
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David Rosetzky works predominantly in video and photographic formats, creating scenarios in which human behaviour, identity, subjectivity, contemporary culture and community come under intimate observation. He has been making portraits since the early 1990s, using the format to explore relationships between interiority and exteriority, reality and fantasy, authenticity and artificiality. Technically and aesthetically precise, Rosetzky’s work is stylised, moody and strikingly beautiful, and resembles the idealised images found in high-end advertising and screen culture.

‘Over the last decade … [Rosetzky] has quickly and quietly amassed one of the most coherent, nuanced and interpretatively resonant bodies of work in the country. Single-minded and singular in approach, the hallmark of his practice is an intensely self-aware contemporary emotional mannerism.’

- Robert Cook, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2007

David Rosetzky has a strong international reputation, having participated in a substantial number of important international projects including The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Centre for Photography, New York, USA, 2009; Viewpoints & Viewing Points: Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2009; and Face Up, Hamburger Bahnhoff, Berlin, Germany, 2003. Other selected exhibitions include South by Southeast: Recent Video Art from Australia and New Zealand, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan, 2011; 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2011; 21st Century Modern: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2006; Crowds / Conversations / Confessions, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2006; 2004: Australian Culture Now, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; New 03, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2003; and Objects and Ideas: Revisiting Minimalism, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1997. Rosetzky has also presented regular solo exhibitions at Sutton Gallery since 2004.

In 2011 Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne commissioned Rosetzky to make the cinema-scale video project How to Feel; whilst in 2008 the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, commissioned Rosetzky to create a video portrait of actress Cate Blanchett. Rosetzky was awarded the inaugural Anne Landa Art Award for Moving Image and New Media Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 2005. He was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, between 2002 and 2003, and has also been and artist in residence at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand. His work is held in many important local and international collections.