Born in Turin, Italy, in 1932, Anna Maria Rossi began cultivating an interest in classical studies at an early age. During the Second World War, when her family took refuge in the mountains to escape the heavy bombings of the city, she studied Latin and Italian under university professor Francesco Lo Bue. (His son, Erberto, later became a well-known expert in Tibetan art, language and culture, and, for a brief period, a teacher at Turin University to her son, Fabio.)
Following the war, she completed her studies in Turin at a liceo classic, and went on to attend the local university, where she earned a degree in classical studies, concentrating in Latin and Greek; she graduated cum laude.
For a number of years, Anna Maria then taught Latin, history and Italian at a nearby high school. Starting in 1971, she began travelling abroad during the long summer holidays that her job afforded: initially to the Middle East, and then to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.
While in Afghanistan (ancient Bactria) in 1972, she encountered Gandharan art and immediately recognized the strong influence on it of Hellenistic art, which she had studied extensively at university. This revelation sparked her lifelong personal and professional interest in Asian art: initially, in the extraordinary works from Gandhara and India; later, in the remarkable objects from Nepal; and finally, in the sculptures, paintings and murals of Tibet, which she first visited in 1986, and where has travelled extensively since, fostering her discerning eye and expertise in the field.
In 1986, Anna Maria moved from Italy to London; and soon thereafter, in partnership with her son, Fabio, she opened Rossi & Rossi. Over the years, the gallery has hosted innumerable groundbreaking exhibitions, often accompanied by important scholarly catalogues.
In 2013, Anna Maria moved to Hong Kong, where Fabio had opened another branch of the gallery, which now has a distinguished reputation for handling only the finest works of Asian art.http://rossirossi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/classicalabout.jpg
Fabio Rossi was born in 1963 in Turin, Italy. At the age of eleven, he accompanied his mother, Anna Maria, on a trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. This early exposure to Asia – its culture, arts and people – had a lasting impact on him, inspiring his future professional endeavors.
Fabio moved to London in 1983 to attend the School of Oriental and African Studies, from which he obtained both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in art and archaeology. After a brief apprenticeship with the legendary dealership of Spink & Son, he joined forces with his mother, who had moved to London in 1986, to establish the gallery known today as Rossi & Rossi.
Beginning in the late 1980s, Fabio started travelling extensively win the United States, reaching out to museums and collectors throughout the country, and developing relationships that endure to this day. His first sale to a major public institution was in 1988, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York acquired a fourteen-century Tibetan painting from the gallery. At the same time, Fabio continued to explore Asia, with a particular interest in Tibet, which has now visited on more than twenty occasions.
In 1996, Fabio organized an exhibition of Himalayan art in Taipei, in collaboration with a local gallery. This was the first of several projects that took him to Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, where he began placing works with new collectors as well as prominent public Asian institutions, such as the National Palace Museum in Taipei and the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou. Around this time, in 1998, he was amongst the founders of Asian Art in London, an event that unites museums, world-class dealers and auction houses.
Since 2005, Fabio has also been instrumental in nurturing the careers of artists of the greater Asia – Pacific region – from Tibet to Cambodia, Hong Kong to Pakistan. He moved to Hong Kong in 2011, two years later, he opened a gallery where he now exhibits the work of artists who would otherwise lack local exposure in addition to the classical Himalayan art for which he and his mother have become world renowned.
Over the years, Rossi & Rossi’s innovative exhibitions and top-notch scholarly publications in both the classical and contemporary realms have solidified the gallery’s status as leaders in the wide-ranging field of Asian art.http://rossirossi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/classicalabout.jpg