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Roland Ruocco

Roland Ruocco

Top Featured Artist | ArtTour International NY.

Artistic Convergence: Visions of Clarity and Complexity by Roland Ruocco

by Viviana Puello.

In the realm of contemporary art, it’s a rarity to encounter an artist like Roland Ruocco. His body of work not only reflects the harsh realities of our time but also captures the delicate beauty of natural tranquility. This unique blend, influenced by Romanticism, Comic Book art, Street Art, and the digital world, creates a narrative that is both versatile and deeply moving.

Ruocco’s creative process is a profound journey, a meticulous exploration of his subconscious mind. He translates his visions into tangible creations, serving as a conduit for the ideas that simmer within his psyche. This process produces not only art but also thought-provoking conversation pieces that communicate essential aspects of our contemporary culture and societal trends.  Each brushstroke, color choice, and subject matter is a deliberate step towards expressing a range of ideas, from sociopolitical commentary to the stunning beauty of South Florida’s landscape.

“Sand Bar” Oil on Canvas by Roland Ruocco.

“War What is it Good For” Oil on Canvas by Roland Ruocco.

The ‘Modern Times series is particularly compelling, showcasing a satirical yet striking portrayal of the socio-political landscape, amalgamating Street Art and comic book illustrative styles. The painting ‘God Squad’ depicts a hidden room of power and influence, where satire and realism coalesce on canvas.  It’s a visual commentary on those who pull the levers behind the global scene, perhaps with ties beyond our terrestrial sphere. This piece’s limited color palette is deliberate, guiding the viewer’s gaze through the narrative’s crux, where the power of influence is as tangible as the brushstrokes that form it.

In stark contrast, the ‘Sub Tropic’ series, notably ‘Sand Bar’ oil on canvas, envelops us in a moment of tranquility, where time stands still before the advent of an afternoon storm. It’s a depiction of natural beauty, a moment captured through the artist’s imagination, replete with elements that border on the surreal. The harmonious interplay of sky, water, and the ethereal rainbow speaks of Ruocco’s love for light, form, and color. It’s a painting that offers a reprieve, a window to a world of serene perfection.

Yet, it is perhaps in the ‘New Earth’ series where Ruocco’s desire for a harmonious world finds its most expressive form. ‘War What is it Good For’—a powerful oil on canvas—echoes a sentiment long forgotten, a clarion call for peace in a world beleaguered by conflict. Children gaze solemnly at the viewer, a poignant reminder of the innocence that pays the highest price in the folly of wars. This piece is not just a visual experience but a dialogical platform, inviting introspection on the concept of peace, a ‘seldom used word’ with boundless potential.

Ruocco’s mastery is in his ability to transition seamlessly between styles and themes, from the digital renderings of ‘Earth Counterpart’ to the LED-infused 3D works in the ‘Machines’ series. Each series speaks of a different facet of Ruocco’s vision, yet all converge on a central theme: the artist’s role as a builder and a shaper of perspectives.

“God Squad” Oil on Canvas by Roland Ruocco.

This rich diversity of styles and depth of content beckons the art enthusiast to delve deeper. To truly appreciate the breadth of Ruocco’s art, I encourage you to explore the virtual galleries on his website. It’s not just about viewing the artworks but about engaging with the narratives they encapsulate and participating in the conversations they inspire. It’s a journey that promises to enrich, challenge, and captivate and one that could lead to the discovery of a piece that resonates with you.

So, I invite you, the reader, to click below and venture into Roland Ruocco’s world. Engage with the art, ponder the messages, and find a piece of yourself within the canvas’ confines. It’s an exploration where clarity and complexity are not adversaries but companions on a visual odyssey that transcends the ordinary.

Roland Ruocco

Viviana Puello

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Written by Viviana Puello

Viviana is a Colombo-American Artist, Curator, Writer and Advocate for the arts. Founder of Vivid Arts Network, Create 4 Peace, Artists For A Green Planet, Author of the book “Just Be Inspired,” and an awardwinning director and producer. Viviana Puello founded ArtTour International Magazine in 2011. Since then, she has served as the CEO, Editor-in-Chief, and the face for ArtTour International Magazine.
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