Rosa Grande was born in Bogotá, Colombia. As a teenager, she began drawing classmates’ portraits and cartoon characters. In 1989, she graduated as a social worker from the Universidad de La Salle in Colombia and in 1991, she came to Canada with her husband. Her versatile hands have mastered various arts from cake decoration, to a range of crafts she taught in after-school programs here. Rosa also taught classes in folkloric dance to both abled and disabled children.
Rosa paints in oils and acrylic, and draws in pencil. Her themes include women, children, landscapes, and Latin American themes. Rosa says art counteracts isolation and makes her feel optimistic about life. “Dramatic things have happened in my life. Art gives me an outlet for emotions, and the motivation to continue day by day.”