In the last 3,000 years of human history the art of portraiture has always carried the unique ability to capture much more than one's likeness but ultimately one's soul. Like no one else a portrait master can see beyond the obvious and exceed the photographic similarity. The very nature of the oil portrait permits it to last for centuries and to carry the spirit of the sitter through time, providing unique insight into his or her world.
Ross R. Rossin, a Bulgarian-born American artist. For more than 20 years, Rossin has created a host of impressive paintings and has received numerous recognitions. He has established his reputation as one of the world’s leading portrait painters, with a focus on world leaders in politics, business, science, history and the arts. His work can be found in various government institutions, museums and private collections. Three of his paintings, are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.: Ambassador Andrew Young, famed actor Morgan Freeman and, baseball legend Hank Aaron.
Born on March 23, 1964, Rossin began painting at the age of six. By nine, he picked up oil painting techniques from local masters’ studios, where he was privately tutored by some of Bulgaria’s best. The prestigious Sofia High School of Fine Arts welcomed Rossin and by nineteen he was a member of the Bulgarian Artist Association, with members customarily ten years his senior.
During his senior year, a Japanese art dealer selected Rossin among 2,000 talented artists to be represented in Japan where he received a voluminous amount of commissions for business and political portraits. This allowed Rossin to work as a professional portrait artist. Throughout the 1990s, Rossin traveled around the world, exhibiting and working on commissions in Western Europe and elsewhere. In 2001, he relocated with his family to the United States, where he has created more than 500 portraits to date.
As an active Rotarian, Rossin painted the portrait of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International. The painting sold at auction, raising USD 170,500 for the Rotary Foundation. As a result, Rossin was named a Paul Harris Fellow and Polio Campaign Hero. The portrait is displayed in the Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston. With the great support of fellow Rotarian R.K. Seghal, Rossin’s portrait of Mahatma Gandhi was presented to the Indian Prime Minister in June 2013.
Rossin’s paintings help individuals worldwide connect with leaders from all continents, cultures and occupations. Whether it is the portrait of President Jimmy Carter that hangs in the Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the double portrait of Presidents George H. Bush and George W. Bush in the George H. Bush Presidential Library and Museum or the portrait of King George VI, marking Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, which was accepted by H.R.M. Queen Elizabeth II and became her royal property, each Rossin portrait is a painted biography, highlighting the unique qualities of someone’s soul.
His art effortlessly transcends geographic and political boundaries and economical or cultural divides. This is brilliantly demonstrated in Rossin’s large-scale masterpiece “Meeting In Time”, a portrait of all US Presidents of the 20th Century, gathered in the Cross Hall of the White House. The painting can be found in the Booth Museum in Cartersville.
A large number of Rossin's judge portraits hang in numerous courthouses across the country and prestigious public buildings and government offices around the world are adorned with Rossin's work.
His intimate family portraits are part of various private collections in Newport, RI, Miami, FL, Los Angeles, CA, Sea Island, GA and Charlotte, NC.
- U.S. President George W. Bush and President George H. Bush for the The George. H. Bush Presidential Library, Texas.
- U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt for the Theodore Roosevelt Association and future library/museum.
- Former US Attorney General Judge Griffin Bell for Mercer University and the law firm, King & Spalding
- Senator Paul Coverdale for the University of Georgia
- Senator Saxby Chambliss for the US Senate Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
- Former presidents of The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Roberto Goizuetta and Mr. Doug Ivester
- Founder of The Home Depot, Mr. Arthur Blank.
- Former GA Attorney General, Mr. Mike Bowers.
- Professor Archibald Cox for Harvard Law School.
- Dean Robert Clark for Harvard Law School.
- President William Chace for Emory University.
- Mr. Virgil Williams
- 1991 - 1995 Works with Gallerie Reich, Cologne, Germany
- 1995 - 1997 Represented by Allen Blondel Gallery, Paris
- 1995 - 1998 Represented by Roy Miles Gallery, London
- 1991 - 1995 Salon D'Automne, Paris
- 1996 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Racines, Bruxelles
- 1997 FIAC, Paris
- 1999 Solo Exhibition, Adonis Gallery, London
- 2008 Solo Exhibition, Hal Barry Properties, Atlanta, USA