Romina Ressia (b. 1981) was born in Argentina, where, after studying Economics until the age of 28, she decided to dedicate her life to the arts. Her work is an analysis of contemporary society – charting how it has evolved through historical reference. Classical influences can be seen across the entirety of the artist’s oeuvre as a method of decoding modernity: the styling of fine art portraiture comments on the dialogues made between past and present. Both the lighting and the positioning of models call upon 18th century and 19th century painting, whilst compositions descend into bathos through the use of 20th century props: bubble gum, popcorn and cans of Coca-Cola. Ressia’s work has been exhibited internationally – notable galleries include Leica Gallery, Milan, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh and The Louvre Museum, Paris – and has been showcased at numerous art fairs which include Photo Shanghai, Start London and Scope Basel. www.rominaressiaph.com.