Rossella Picciani is a female artist born in Italy, currently working in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Born in Abruzzi, Italy, Picciani immigrated to Australia with her parents in 1962. “One of my earliest memories is sitting outside, on the back step of my home in Northcote, covering scraps of paper with little crosses.”

She became interested in symbols more than 25 years ago, while working as a graphic designer.


Picciani uses symbols as brush stokes and fills her lavish works with hundreds of glyphs sourced from eastern and western mysticism, extinct languages, cartography, meteorology, scientific notation and other information systems.

She then layers these symbols and icons over images of fossils, fragments of landscapes, human figures and plant life.


Awash with vibrant colours, Picciani’s richly detailed paintings are created predominantly with acrylic on canvas which she then embellishes with metallic enamels, glass beads and textures to add depth and movement.

“I want each painting to be intriguing whether it’s viewed up close or from several metres away.”

Lush colours and bold forms. Dense and intricate patterns. Picciani’s unique work must be seen ‘in the flesh’ to be truly appreciated.