Today we’d like to introduce you to RD Riccoboni.
RD, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I began painting at age four when he got into his mother’s paint-by-numbers. Though many people have tried to discourage me from being an artist I was lucky to have encouragement by family and public teachers for my drive and inspiration that has led the way to a lot of success. However, one well-meaning relative who I barely knew when asked what I did for work and learned I wanted to pursue a career as an artist. Said to me, “An Artist! you’ll starve to death!” and unfortunately, I listened. Sometimes one negative voice is much louder than a thousand positive ones.
In the 1990’s after losing my circle of friends to the AIDS plague I wanted to contribute to helping bring awareness to the community and was frustrated and sad with the climate of apathy and ignorance out there. After contemplating long about what could I do to make a difference I woke one night from a dream which I heard a loud voice that said “Paint! You can Paint” and I started painting again, surprising people with my talents and going to work creating art shows that where fundraisers and I did them all over the place anywhere where someone would give me a wall. I made signed prints and sold, auctioned and donated them. This led to new work being created, recognition from local folks including museums and reaching all the way to the White House after helping turning a Los Angeles AIDS clinic the LAC + USC Medical Center into a friendlier place after bring in art exhibits.
I have learned that what drives me is a passion for forward thinking and this affects all my art and life.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a self-taught artist, I have been practicing my art all my life and while I have learned other skills along the way which have taught me to be a good business person I have been a professional artist since I was a teenager. My passion is always to make my artwork vibrant and exude love of life and represents community and a sense of place in a positive and life affirming manner and I adore being a storyteller in paint. By body of work captures the spirit of its cities in his effervescent portrayals of local scenes, often depicting historic land and city-scape as well as colorful portraits celebrating the human spirit.
People has said my style evocative of the Impressionists sometimes mixed with surrealism. My signature palette derived from the bold pure colors of the rainbow flag.
I like to capture important community events in my paintings and share them. A recent one being when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on all marriages, including LGBT marriages being recognized. In Balboa Park the Museum of Man and San Diego Pride partnered and flew a 60-foot rainbow flag from the California Tower, when I saw this I was so inspired and created “We Rise as We Lift Others” the painting now hangs in the California State Senate Contemporary Collection at the Capitol Building in Sacramento. What a surprise and honor for me!
When art speaks to people it creates momentum in my ways that go way beyond yourself. I can change people’s lives for the better. Art is that powerful. Currently I am working on mixed media art where I combined digital with classical style painting in a combination of ink, acrylic and oil paint media.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Financial challenges can be concerning to all people, but with good planning you can overcome them. One of the best ways I have met this challenge is by learning how to commercially make reproductions of you work available. There are many ways to do this. The best way is to have your work available where people can physically see it and pick up a print or copy of it. Good leases and Sharing spaces are a financial necessity. Pricing your original and reproduction work the correct way is key and is different regionally. Being successful at this is rewarding creatively and financially.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can see my art locally in San Diego at my studio #18 in Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. it’s open 7 days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla on Prospect, in The Balboa Room. Creative Crossroads in Hillcrest at the corner of University and 5th. Also, my work is part of the California Contemporary Collection at The California State Capitol Building where my painting of The California Building here in San Diego “We Rise as We Lift Others” is on display.
and at my website. RDRICCOOBONI.COM
- Address: Spanish Village Art Center
1770 Village Pl. Studio #18
San Diego, CA 92101
- Website: http://rdriccoboni.com
- Email: artstudioriccoboni@gmail
- Instagram: rdriccoboni
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riccoboniart
- Twitter: rdrIccoboni
- Other: http://beaconartworks.com
All Images and paintings by RD Riccoboni