ROGER RICCO finds many sources for his work in the backyard of his own studio, on a large parcel of wooded and fielded land in Woodstock, NY. Bits of nature, stones, shells, flora, feathers and the like are paired with found relics and new objects, and assembled into tabletop sets. A photographer heavily influenced by his background in painting, Ricco seeks not to depict reality but to show a whole new reality with the subject matter. As an early adapter of the digital photographic arts, he orchestrates further transformations through the use of of painted backdrops, dramatic lighting, and by shooting film through a variety of transparent screens. His humble subjects are reborn in ethereal and dramatic compositions.
After founding Ricco/Maresca Gallery with Frank Maresca, Ricco became recognized as the one of the major early introducers of Self Taught and Outsider Art to the art world at large. Over a period of 35 years, they have co-authored numerous books and catalogues, (with publishing partners that have included Alfred A. Knopf, Bulfinch Press, Little, Brown and Company, and Pomegranate Press) which are now integral to the world’s library of resources on Self-Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art history.
Ricco was selected to be the Diane Marek Visiting Artist (with exhibition) at the Cress Gallery of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He was also awarded The Rome Prize in painting by The American Academy in Rome. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, CA and he has exhibited both his photography and painting thoughout the United States.