Born in Piove di Sacco – ITALIA – 1987

Francesco Rosso is an Italian-born artist based in Tallinn. With his work he examines the spiritual and physical aspects of daily life through the act of transformation into visual matter. Rosso spends long periods of time working with hand made animation, and merges the animated material with video and film photography gathered from urban and nature exploration.

During the last decade Rosso has been working with a multitude of different media – illustration, film and digital photography, painting, printmaking, poetry, video art and several animation techniques. Year by year his work is enriched by gathered experience and the desire to create a personal language.

His animated short films have been shown internationally at Clermont-Ferrand, Hamburg, L’Étrange, Stuttgart, Seoul, Interfilm, and Encounters Short Film Festival, among others.

Aside from his own practice, Rosso has been collaborating with various artists for the development of their projects; since 2014 he has worked for Eesti Joonisfilm Studio as artist, background artist, animator, and short-film director.


2014 BLACK SEED (oil paint on glass animation / 6’45″ / DCP / Eesti Kunstiakadeemia)

  • Best Baltic Animation at 2ANNAS IFF / Riga, Latvia 2014

2014 FOK NABO DISTORIO (stop-motion animation / 7’04″ / DCP / Eesti Kunstiakadeemia)

  • Best Debut Film at Primanima, Budaörs, Hungary 2015
  • Honorable Mention for Non-narrative, Experimental of Boundary Forms of Animation at Anifilm, Třeboň, Czech Republic 2015

2018 DESTINED TO BE DEAD (photo-film and drawn animation / 10’50” / DCP / Eesti Joonisfilm)

  • 1st prize at Etherea Gallery in the city of Genova, Italy 2021

2021 FOUR STONES (drawn animation / 15’22” / DCP / Eesti Joonisfilm)