Jonathan Ricci is an Assistant Adjunct professor at RVCC who teaches Color Theory, Design and Drawing courses. His academic achievements include, a B.F.A in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an M.A. in art from Eastern Illinois University, and an M.F.A. in painting from Bowling Green State University. He is represented by Zia Gallery in North Chicago. He has exhibited nationally including such venues as The Toledo Museum of Art, Art Space Richmond, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, ARC Gallery, Meridian Gallery and An Art Place.
Ricci fearlessly combines paint, color and collage into joyfully poignant, nonlinear storytelling. His current work weaves patterns of birds with abstracted human forms into portraits both imagined and based on real individuals. Through simplified contour shapes like a birdcage, cut out doll, a dress or an article of clothing, his work takes its form from the simplicity of childhood images and memories of an innocence lost. Many of the paintings have collaged images, notes, and letters associated with an individual. They are symbolic portraits, a personal narrative of family and close friends.
Recently he was awarded a summer 2013 artist’s residency in Iceland where, he will participate in NES Residencies, Summer We Go Public art project.
Image 1 Aviary: The Bath, 2012, Mixed media on canvas 48” x 40
Image 2 Aviary: Argyle, 2012 Mixed media on canvas 36” x 36”
Image 3 Aviary: The Union, 2012 Mixed media on canvas 40” x 30”