Although her family originally came from Barcelona, Spain, Rosa Chavez was born in California. Blessed with artistic parents, her childhood and long walks through beautiful natural settings inspired and cultivated the natural talent expressed in her paintings.
Rosa started her education as an artist at the Bellas Artes Art School in Mexico City, where she explored many mediums including sculpture, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and oils, during the 5-year program. Upon completing her Artistic Degree in 1981, Rosa decided to continue her studies at the Bellas Artes Art School in Barcelona, Spain. This school not only provided a specialized education strictly in oil painting; it also expanded her perspectives in a deeply personal way. Rosa completed her degree as an “Artist-Specific in Oil” and set out to explore her chosen medium as a professional artist.
After painting Mediterranean views for six months, Rosa and her husband Leon, also as artist in oils, decided to move to America. They now live in San Fernando, CA where they both continue to paint and manage their personal studio, The Emerald Art Gallery, which opened to the public in 1996, and sells to corporations as well as private collectors.