Piece description from the artist
I conceive my paintings as something similar to life: there is a general idea about what we are going to do, but then there are also unexpected factors that can add a particular twist — like each time a color interacts with water, it creates a different effect. I foresee a painting before I start it, but I allow variations to the original plan. These variations give a surreal spin to my work that goes along with my way of looking at things not as they are but as they could be. I like to use watercolors as a medium where every brushstroke on the paper becomes part of the final work.
I begin obsessed with certain scenes that I see in my mind. I try to sketch and paint the landscape several times, developing at every step a more personal shape. I like to paint landscapes that are deserted by people and have skies of fantastic colors, as if they came out of a dream. These objects become part of a blurred world that belongs to my personal vocabulary. They become impossible to recognize in their original form, but, at the same time, they are vaguely familiar.
Luca Ricco, born in Italy in 1962, was trained as a painter and an architect. In 1994 he moved to the States where he worked as an architect and painted in his free time. In 2003 Luca was diagnosed with a Meningioma brain tumor and had to undergo surgery to remove it. The operation left him completely paralyzed and unable to speak. After a month of rehabilitation Luca was able to regain the ability to walk with the assistance of a cane and was able to re-learn some of his native Italian with the help of a teacher.
While spending time at the rehab facility Luca started to draw as a recreational activity. Although he had been trained as an artist the effects of the surgery left him unable to resume his previous practices. Over the course of the month he also began painting with watercolors. However, since his right side had been paralyzed, he had to completely re-learn how to draw and paint with his left hand. During his difficult rehabilitation Luca had a hard time communicating with other people. He used drawing and watercolors as a way to express himself.
Luca created all the work you see on TurningArt left-handed.