Artist Christian Rosa indicted by FBI for selling counterfeit Raymond Pettibon Works, Flees Country | MCU Times

Artist Christian Rosa indicted by FBI for selling counterfeit Raymond Pettibon Works, Flees Country

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As originally reported by artnet, artist Christian Rosa Weinberger, known as “Christian Rosa”, is in some trouble. The artist had previously been a protégé of the famous artist Raymond Pettibon. Meanwhile, over the past four years, advanced art dealers and art collectors have become suspicious of several Pettibon works appearing on the market. The newer works seemed to be a bit out of character from Pettibon’s usual work (with the colors in waves- a usual feature of Pettibon’s work- to be somewhat uncoloured. The “Pettibon” signature also appeared to be “rehearsed” and not done in the rumor was , that Rosa “completed” unfinished Pettibon works and tried to pass them on as Pettibon originals.He is accused of having sold four works amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales.

After Pettibon was informed of the alleged forgeries, he warned the authorities. Around that time, the FBI started an investigation. It turned out that the suspected paintings had deleted parts to make room for “text in Pettibon style”. Colors that Pettibon does not use were also added. Artsnet then ran a news article about the accusation. Reportedly, Rosa sent an email to a co-conspirator saying “the secret is out.” In another email, Rposa allegedly said “” I’m not trying to get busted, so therefore take it [sic] longer, ”with regard to the delay in the sale of one of the works in question.

The FBI then charged Rosa. Shortly after the indictment, Rosa fled the country. Rosa’s whereabouts are unknown, although he has Austrian and Brazilian citizenship. He is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Accusations of fraud carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. The charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison.

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