my name is riccardo liotta. i was born in rome, italy, and moved to the united states in 1991. i attended college at the university of wisconsin-milwaukee and graduated with a master in architecture.
i have always had two passions in life: art and science. as a child i used to draw extensively, especially comics and funny characters. music also interested me. as i grew, my interest in art grew as well, but shifted toward abstract art. science fascinated me, especially mathematics.
these two life-long passions are still alive. today, i practice as an architect and spend my free time making art and studying physics and mathematics. these fields have become intrinsic, complementary to one another. i constantly try to combine them together, making art out of architecture and architecture a piece of art. mathematics and physics are the foundations of this very experimental, analytical and scientific mechanism.
because of my professional training, most of my work is inspired by architecture and, in fact, represents buildings and structures. however, my main inspiration comes from physics and mathematics, fields that fascinate me and which are the foundation of my architectural work. in the past two years, in fact, my focus has increasingly shifted to artwork less reminiscent of buildings and more of particle physics and quantum mechanics concepts.
by combining these subjects with the theories and techniques of the constructivism, suprematism, futurism, and rayonnism styles, i have developed what i call the eigencompositions: analytical, abstract artwork consisting of simplified yet very dynamic geometrical shapes and lines that convey concepts of movement, velocity, decay, fragmentation.
these eigencompositions stem from shapes randomly generated through a systematic process and symbolize particle trajectories, fragmentation of nature, uncertainty and undeterminability of life.
i find acrylic to be the medium that best expresses my ideas and theories. however, i also work with colored pencils and pastels. i also extensively utilize the computer to generate images and to alter/enhance paintings and drawings.
Gallery Night - october 2OO2-january 2OO3 - Sauce - Milwaukee. WI (USA)
Rosenthal International 2OO3 - Fayetteville State University - Fayetteville. NC (USA)
2OO3 Ninth Annual Gulf Coast National Art Competition - Texas Artists Museum - Port Arthur. TX (USA)
Scene/Unseen art show 'O3 - Eastern New Mexico University - Portales. NM (USA)
Open Canvas 2OO3 - Milwaukee. WI (USA)
Gallery Night - april 2OO4 - Milwaukee. WI (USA)
Gallery Night - july 2OO4 - Milwaukee. WI (USA)
8th annual lines into shapes national juried show - art center - estes park. co - september 2OO4
snap to grid - the UN-Juried show - los angeles center for digital art - los angeles. ca - september 2OO4
NOAPS 14th annual best of america 2OO4 -osage beach. mo - november 2OO4
milwaukee institute of art and design faculty exhibition -
milwaukee. wi - october 2OO4
open canvas 2OO4 - milwaukee institute of art and design - milwaukee. wi - november 2OO4
gallery night - milwaukee. wi - april 2OO5
forward: a survey of wisconsin art now -charles allis art museum -
milwaukee. wi - october 2OO5
2OO5 12th annual gulf coast national art competition - texas artists museum -port arthur. tx - october 2OO5
open canvas 2OO5 - milwaukee institute of art and design - milwaukee. wi - november 2OO5
gallery night - milwaukee. wi - april 2OO6
snap to grid - the UN-Juried show - los angeles center for digital art - los angeles. ca - september 2OO6
wisconsin artists biennial 2OO7 - haggerty museum of art at marquette university - milwaukee. wi - april 2OO7 - july 2OO7
open canvas 2OO7 - milwaukee institute of art and design - milwaukee. wi - november 2OO7
Northwestern Mutual Fund - Franklin campus -
franklin. wi - permanent collection (added october 2OO8)
open canvas 2OO8 - milwaukee institute of art and design - milwaukee. wi - november 2OO8
merit award - eigencomposition 1O -
Rosenthal International 2OO3
direct art magazine - voulme 1O - fall/winter 2OO4