Roger Ricco’s background as a painter has an enormous influence on his photographic vision. Working in rural Woodstock, NY, Ricco finds sources for his work in his own backyard. Bits of nature, stones, shells, flora, feathers and the like are paired with found relics and new objects, and assembled into tabletop sets. Further transformations are orchestrated by Ricco’s use 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.
Ricco was selected to be the Diane Marek Visiting Artist (with exhibition) at the Cress Gallery of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He was 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