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Artist Roberto Rosenman awarded the Laura Ciruls Painting Award

Toronto, January 31, 2022 - Roberto Rosenman (Toronto) is this year’s recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award.  The $7,000 award is given annually to recognize an Ontario based mid-career painter.

About Roberto Rosenman

Roberto Rosenman was born in Venezuela and moved to Canada at an early age. He studied classical painting techniques at the Grand Central Academy in New York City through the support of an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Professional Development Grant. Rosenman received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Honours at York University and went on to study graphic design at George Brown College.

Rosenman describes his work as symbolist still-life, frequently incorporating the still-life genres of the Vanitas and Trompe L’oeil.  Rosenman is represented by Loch Gallery in Toronto and Sugarlift Gallery in New York and his work has been included in exhibitions in both Canada and the United States. He currently lives in Toronto where he teaches Graphic Design at George Brown College and Humber College.

About the Award

The Laura Ciruls Painting Award was established by Laura Ciruls, a professional graphic and web designer, as well as an acrylic and watercolour painter.  Through a bequest, Laura set up the Laura Ciruls Painting Award, to recognize artists like herself, who were contributing to the development of painting in Ontario.  

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process. The award recipient is selected through the Ontario Arts Council’s peer assessment process from the applicants to one of the two annual Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Projects (Mid-career category) program deadlines.

Previous award winners include Mike Gough (2020), Alex Bierk (2019), and Daniel Hutchinson (2018). See the full list of previous recipients.

A Correction, Roberto Rosenman, Oil on Panel, 16" x 20"


 For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2020-2021, the OAF paid over $5.2 million in endowment income and $220,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2020-2021 the Ontario Arts Council invested $78.6 million in 206 communities across Ontario through 2,176 grants to individual artists and 1,312 grants to organizations. 

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