In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Rossiel Rivero Scuccimarri is a Venezuelan artist based in Seville known for her cheerful, colorful, and peaceful digital art. Her artwork is influenced by the colors and forms of nature, the strength and delicacy of women, as well as memories from her childhood in Venezuela. When Rossiel is not drawing, she loves going to the beach and collecting snails that she finds along the way. She also loves learning new languages and knowing new cultures that gives her a new perspective of life. Rossiel does not have a specific motto because she thinks that life is slowly revealing different phrases related to experiences that mark us, but her current motto is to “live the story you want to tell”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“The ATAS Foundation has a beautiful cause and as an artist I’m really happy to share my art with all those people and families who fight battles against Alzheimer’s”
What is your creative process?
Rossiel: My creative process begins with the search for elements that inspire me, I usually start looking for a list of artists on Spotify that relates to the feeling I want to transmit. Mostly happy things, then I look for photographs of women, nature, and animals that inspire me and start mixing until I find the piece I’m looking for. There are days that (this process) can be very fast and others not so much, it is a constant struggle to be persevering.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Rossiel: Right now my favorite piece is an illustration I made of the character of the movie Lion King, “Rafiki”. It is not the style of illustration I usually do, and that’s why I think it is special. It brings back so many memories of my childhood. When I started painting it I loved the feeling of not knowing how it would end but the result was great. When I see it, I love getting lost in all the details, it’s magical.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Rossiel: There are miles of places that I want to visit, but the more special is New Zealand, it has always had a mysterious charm for me.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Rossiel: I love the works of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, especially “The Kiss” made in 1908.
What do you listen to while you work?
Rossiel: I love listening to Iveo, Oasis, Black Sabbath, Bryan Adams, Caravan Palace, Snow Patrol, Bacilos, Maná, and especially Rawayana, a Venezuelan group that gives me life.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Rossiel: I’m always in favor of collaborating on projects that can help people and the world. The ATAS Foundation has a beautiful cause and as an artist I’m really happy to share my art with all those people and families who fight battles against Alzheimer’s, it is really brave.