Gerald Ruggiero

Woman on a Green Couch
15×15 oil on archival paper, 2017

ARTIST STATEMENT

I can honestly say that I am my happiest when I’m working in my studio. I can print all day long and I do that often. I also love to teach Monotype Printmaking (at the Scottsdale Artists School in Phoenix, Arizona). I am certain, without a doubt, that Monotype Printing is the most fun you can have with paint.

BIO

Gerald’s primary influence, throughout his 40 year career as an American Modernist Painter, has been Joseph Solman. Solman, the Expressionist, was his teacher during the years that Gerald moved from being a Commercial Artist in New York to a Painter. Solman founded, along with Mark Rothko,the unofficial co-leader of “The Ten”, a group of expressionist painters including L. Schanker, Adolph Gotlieb and Ilya Bolotowsky who exhibited as the “Whitney Dissenters” at the Mercury Galleries in New York City in 1938.

Gerald was trained as an Artist at the City College of New York receiving a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. He also minored in Secondary Education. There he received two awards for his work in the CCNY Art Department. The “Colonial Dames Award” for the Viet Nam Era Veteran with the highest scholastic average and the “Prince Philip Award of the Royal Society of Arts for his paintings and drawings.

Gerald also studied at the National Academy of Design in New York where the emphasis of his studies was painting the human form.