He had the artistic education from his father , then he went overseas and was in Paris for various time where he studied assiduously perfected the modern masters . He painted in watercolor and oil . His most famous painting , ” The convicts ,” was awarded the great gold medal at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest and bought pel National Museum of that city.
He also painted : ” In the vineyard ,” which he exhibited in Milan in 1881, ” In the villa and Sughime ” , exhibited in Venice in 1881. When the Exhibition of 1887 , held in his homeland he exhibited ” The convicts ,” the art critic P. Oreffice , so he wrote to him: ” Silvio Antonio Rotta Rotta is the son of painter already estimated for the whole world , which for many years is admired for his painting brush finitissimo intimate scenes of folk costumes . Well, the child does not follow his father’s art exhibition and to have a more robust fiber and hints at a much different address.
His painting ” The convicts ,” is a work of the most seriously conceived and carried out seriously and Exhibition reveals a genius in the Author robust and capable of the highest destination in the journey so arduous art .
That long line of convicts chained two and two returning from the countryside , from the free and healthy , joy cheerful life-giving sun to fall into the shadows of the gloomy prison , in the damp and unhealthy , that long line of forced puts you in the soul a deep sadness and dismay .
You can read the story in the faces of terrible crimes , you can guess in those eyes the cruelty of souls, and you can as the painter went in prisons, life sentences and we studied its types , and then with faith and the ‘ sincere enthusiasm in his subject has been able to instil the belief of his soul in the soul of the observer. Its design is firm and correct, even if his painting is not robust large and juicy . ” (Source A. De Gubernatis 1889).