Artist Gerald Ruggiero

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The Artist Says:

Having left, in my fashion, certain elements in my work seemingly undeveloped I provide an opportunity for the viewer to become involved at a subconscious level with the work as they "fill in the blanks" based on their own life experiences.  It follows, then, that the painting may mean different things to different people and that the painting isn't really finished until it is "viewed".


Joseph Solman lived in a brownstone on 15th Street in Manhattan and it was there that he would hang out with his friends Rothko, Gottlieb, Shanker, Ben Zion, Bolotowsky and others who were unhappy with the way they were being treated by galleries that were paying more attention to “Regionalist” art of the time.  These great Expressionists of the mid thirties were planning nothing less than a revolt that would change how the art world perceived their work.  They were “The Ten”.
It would be forty years later that I, as his student, would be sitting in that very brownstone watching this master create the most amazing portraits. I learned everything I know about art from Joseph.  There have been many other mentors at CCNY, The National Academy and various other venues around the country and I have learned so much from all of them.  I have friends from whom I have received coaching and inspiration.   I think all artists will always have a special person in their lives.  Solman was mine.
My work is born from my own observations of nature and life which are interpreted through my own sense of style, composition and design.
Monotype allows no "wiggle room" for the artist.  It's either good, or it's bad.  You get one shot at it.  I find that my greatest work results from a number of intital failures and subsequent attempts at correction.  For me, the attraction to Monotypes is the ultimate "surprise" that brings unexpected results.  
I use flat shapes, a variety of lines and large masses of color and texture all carefully placed resulting in lively compositions.  My portfolio reveals a broad spectrum of subjects such as figurative work, landscapes, and even wildlife studies.  It includes typical Monotypes and transfer drawings [...]

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