Ruggero Vittorini is a creator. His specialty, “arte in tutte le sue forme,” art in all its forms. His path, inevitable, being born into a bloodline of renowned Italian artists, musicians, painters, writers, and film directors. Musicianship, an inheritance from his father, an accomplished composer and saxophonist who played with the best of the time. Ability and curiosity were shaped by the art and exquisite architectural alleys of Rome as a boy and cultivated by the skate, street, and hip hop cultures he was exposed to as a teenager when he moved stateside with his American-born mother. Time spent in the midst of New York City grit and the pressurized heat of South Beach, Miami enabled him to gain clout and exposure in the most essential art, the culinary arts; all this while dreaming, drafting, and drawing his own characters and creations in worlds and realms that only he could see and bring to life for the masses. And now, he has. With his latest move to the Golden Coast, he is making these worlds and realms a reality in the city of angels. He teeters on the line between psychedelic and psychosis, surrealism and expressionism, while he takes us with him into his art on a quest to unlock the subconscious in all of us. To consume each piece an open mind is not suggested, it is mandatory. The true want of any artist is to get the audience to feel something meaningful or something they’ve never felt before. Looking at a piece by Vittorini, both are inclined to happen. Whether it be a satire of the political tide or an ode to the Sacred Goddess, appreciation for that which is unseen but felt is always achieved. So, come explore. See something new. Ruggero Vittorini will show what exists and what is beyond, not by limitation of craft. But by being a master in “arte in tutte le sue forme,” art in ALL its forms.
Who are your creative inspirations and why?
I’ve always sort of purposely avoided this question, because I never wanted to emulate anyone, but rather cultivate my own authenticity; truth is, we’re creatively inspired by other people and things constantly, and are always imitating something or someone whether we’re aware of it or not. A recognizable name that comes to mind is Salvador Dali`, the kind of creative energy he brought to the table gets my motor running every time. Most importantly, the accomplished artists I’ve been blessed to be around and work with are the ones to inspire me to actually do the work. There’s a great community of artists on Instagram, seeing their work every day definitely keeps me motivated to keep producing better and better works.
If you could travel to any time in history to be an artist which era would you choose & why?
If I could retain my current style while doing so, I would say any era except now! This may be a bit pessimistic on my part, but it seems like now is the era in which people are the least sensitive to art. They open up social media, and get flooded with memes, photos, all kinds of images that are competing for attention; this seems to have desensitized them to the meaning or feeling that an artwork may convey. I would probably want to ride the 60s-70s-80s wave on a time machine surfboard, that seems like a good fit for me!
As a child, are there any moments or experiences you can remember that impacted you visually or artistically?
I’ve had the luck to grow up around many talented and accomplished artist, I’m very thankful for that, because it gave me a very hands-on approach at art. I see life as art, and vice versa.
Is there a message in your work and how would you describe it?
I’m definitely an expressionist, so there’s really no set message I’m “trying” to convey. It could be a perspective on a social issue, a personal feeling, or some uncontrollable message that comes across once the work is finished. I always try not to think about the message I’m trying to convey, but rather examine it later, as if someone else has done the work for me.