Rose DeSiano received her B.F.A from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and her M.F.A from the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles. She uses alternative processes of fragmented photos to explore how historical references influence cultural symbolism. She has been devoted to capturing moments when archetypes appear in real life and reorganizing them in compositions that question our cultures collective assumptions, expectations, beliefs, and moral attitudes.
DeSiano has exhibited widely across the United States as well as internationally, including the Netherlands, China, Italy and Spain. Her work has been included in exhibitions organized by influential contemporary curators such as Nathan Trotman, Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum and Lilly Wei of Art In America. Her work has appeared in variety of publications including The New Photo Review and UK’s Aesthetica magazine. In 2014 she was a finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron award, an international award for women in photography.
Currently, she has been intrigued by the culture of war re-enactments, and has spent the last three years dressing up as a WW2 war correspondent crawling in the mud all over the United States. When not in the ‘staged trenches’, DeSiano writes and presents on a variety of topics in photography. She has published essays on “The Cultural Perceptions of Landscape in Photography” and “Digital Constructs and the Photograph as Cultural Space”. She is also a contributing author to technical publications such as Peach Pit Press’s “The Portrait Photography Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques”.
Rose DeSiano lives in Brooklyn and is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts-Photography at Kutztown University, Pennsylvania.