Ultimately Human: The Leaders and the Led

by Sangeeta Haindl
Nov 18, 2016 8:00 AM ET
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The artist Ross Rossin’s portrait exhibition, ‘Ultimately Human: The Leaders and the Led’ opened at the United Nations (UN) Geneva on 28 October. It was attended by Michael Møller, UN Under-Secretary-General, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, including both Ambassadors from the American and Indian Missions respectively.

Rossin has a reputation as one of the world’s leading portrait painters; four of his works are displayed permanently at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. In 2015, a US Forever Postage stamp was unveiled featuring Rossin’s image of Maya Angelou. In 2012, Rossin’s portrait of King George VI, marking Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, was accepted by H.R.M. Queen Elizabeth II. While in 2013 in New Delhi, Rossin’s portrait of Gandhi was presented to the Indian Prime Minister by the Secretary of State John Kerry.

This exhibition at the UN juxtaposes world leaders with Indian faces. Sangeeta Haindl had the opportunity to speak to Rossin:

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Photo CreditRoss Rossin