Atlanta’s Roxane Hollosi calls her multi-layered art a visual document of the energies she feels – and those around her.
The artist: Born in North Dakota, she grew up in southern Minnesota and Iowa. She earned a BFA from ISU College of Design in Ames, IA, and received additional training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2006, Hollosi moved to Atlanta.
The company: Roxane Hollosi Fine Arts is based in Atlanta. The multidisciplinary artist, who has been working professionally for 14 years, maintains a home studio and workshop.
In the beginning: In second or third grade, Hollosi asked her mom about a painting on a wall in their house. She learned it was painted by the fourth grade teacher at school.
From that moment she told herself, “That’s what I want to do, paint pictures for the wall.”.
The art & materials: 2D and 3D works using paint, mixed media drawing, sewing, collage and wood assemblages. Hollosi also incorporates fabric, found objects, household plastics and paper (a favorite) in her work.
“I am constantly collecting and editing the materials in my studio,” she said
- The recent “Breathe” series ($550 to $3,000) of mixed media constructions and colorful paintings that are about transforming anger, fear and uncertainties, along with the energies of hope.
The work draws on the 2020 world’s plastic plague, the respiratory gasps of Covid-19, and one man’s cries: “I Can’t Breathe!” The word “breathe” is inscribed within each piece.
- The “Symbiosis” series ($200 to $1,800) she produced while studying honey bees in her back yard.
Other favorites: Playful wood assemblages ($125 to $650) that give her the opportunity to create forms that go beyond the wall.
- Growing up in southern Minnesota, she was deeply influenced by Native American spiritual sensibilities and respect for the earth. It is still the foundation of much of her work.
Fun, special or unusual requests: Making opera costumes for her children’s school. A costume for the three-head dog, Cerberus, was particularly memorable.
Big break (s):
- In 2018, the office of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms purchased three of her paintings that are installed at City Hall in Atlanta.
- Selected as one of 20 artists in a national call from Denise Bibro Fine Arts in NYC.
Claim to fame: Known as the “Bee Lady” for her facebook and Instagram posts. For several summers, Hollosi encouraged foraging honey bees to feed in her back yard. She also began studying them, creating art and social media posts about the importance of pollinators.
Awards: Many, including:
- Awarded a 2020 Fulton County Artists Grant to help support her project “Breathe.”
- 2020 People’s Choice Award by the LaGrange (GA) Southeast Regional Exhibition.
Honors: Many, including:
- In 2020, became a Hambidge Fellow and awarded a three-week residency at Hambidge Center for the arts and sciences in Rabun, GA.
- Invited in 2020 to be part of Connect and Create, a virtual artists program created by Atlanta metal artist Corrina Sephora.
What’s new: A series called, “Can We Come Out and Play?” It is a small format collage series incorporating the energy of the world trying to open up during the ongoing Covid pandemic.
- Upcoming solo exhibit at the Mayor’s Gallery in Atlanta City Hall (TBA due to Covid)
- A solo exhibition in the planning stages at Cochran Gallery, LaGrange
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- Facebook: roxane hollosi
- Instagram: roxanehollosi