Saatchi Online Spotlight: SHOWDOWN Winner Rosa Borreale

Congratulations to Gallery SHOWDOWN’s runner-up, Rosa Borreale and her work “Interference”. Out of a record 5,721 entries, her artwork will be on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London. She will also receive US$1,000.

Showdown Winner, "Interference" by Rosa Borreale

Please tell us about yourself:

RB: I come from a family with the gift of art, but my studies were different. I graduated in modern literature at the University ”Orientale” of Naples. I worked as an actress in theater, movie and television, but I am also a teacher of Italian literature and art history. I like any form of artistic expression. I love to travel and from my journeys I often draw ideas and inspiration for my paintings.

Tell us what inspired this piece you submitted for SHOWDOWN?

RB: Different events in our lives interfere with our everyday. They disturb our peace of mind by creating a sense of discomfort or indifference.

What would you call your style?

RB: Conceptual realism.

Rosa Borreale

Tell us about a typical day for you.

RB: For someone like me who does not love the routine, there is no typical day.

What kind of training did you receive? Are you self-taught or did you go to art school?

RB: I’ve always drawn since I was a child. As a self-taught artist, I learned the technique of oil painting by making copies of the Old Masters on commission.

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

RB: Determination and humility, but also seek a conventional job to get by in everyday life.

Who is your favorite artist?

RB: Salvador Dalì

Please tell us about your recent and upcoming exhibitions.

RB: For this year, I have a personal exhibition at the Café d’Autore – Nembro (BG) Italy, and a personal exhibition at the Library of the Faculty of Architecture in Naples.

If you would like to participate in the next Showdown, we are now accepting new submissions for a new Juried Saatchi Gallery Showdown. To enter your work into SHOWDOWN, go to


  1. Rosa Borreale says:

    I should add that I am Italian.

  2. Otto Rapp says:

    Congratulations, Rosa! Looking good!


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