artist, painter and sculptor



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Perrone Riccardo

Riccardo Perrone was born in Aqui Terme, Piedmont, on the 12th of April 1954. In the Seventies he moved to Florence where he attended the School of Arts. Here he met and frequented Pierluigi Borghi, an estimated artist on the European scene.
Riccardo soon shows up on the art market as an abstract painter and immediately collects solo and collective exhibitions all over Italy, to soon after present international exhibitions in Koln, Erfurt, Prague, Linz, Salzburg, Wien.
In 2009 Riccardo reaches wide notoriety also in Finland, where his works are exposed permanently at the prestigious “Contempo” Gallery in Helsinki.
Only one year later, Riccardo presented the exhibition “Senza titolo, molto da dire” (“no title, much to say”) at the Finnish National Museum which officially started the 10th edition of the “Week of the Italian Language in the World”; a selection of 30 paintings are displayed with no title and retrace some of the most relevant expositions of the artist, among which: “Morfogenesi dello spazio”, “Argenia del volto”, “Opere al nero” and “Tratti di colore”.
In 2011 he took part in the first edition of the annual fair Art Helsinki, which he repeated again in 2012, year in which he also exposed in the “Nicolas Flamel” Gallery in Paris.
At present Riccardo Perrone lives and works in the heart of Tuscany, a few kilometers from San Gimignano.

What people writes about him...

Riccardo Perrone is a painter surrounded by an air of mystery which allows him to hide in himself all his knowledge, his experience and his creativity.
Being him a reserved, introvert and quiet person, he manages to communicate only through his hands, a reflection of his irrepressible passion for painting. He looks after his canvas with the care of a father to his son, painting and "polluting" the canvas with various painting techniques, skills which only belong to the great masters.
He lets the rawest feelings and the deepest concepts flow through his colours and his refinement: abstract visions that will speak to you!

Exhibitions in the world

Paris, France (July 2012)

Nicolas Flamel Gallery


The works of Richard Perrone are characterized by a continuous dialogue between solids and voids, between the highlights and the sign, however, purified from all dross in excess of feeling, to stop wisely on the threshold of which he tends towards minimalism without sacrificing valuable complexity of vision. The technique is composed by a long process of transparencies obtained by coating, scraping, using wet paper of newspapers which acts as a matrix and buffer, blurring the gesture of the brush, as to distance passion and transmit to the whole the feeling of time. So the ovals as faces, surrounded and worn by the voids, abandon any remains of stillness, transforming themselves into new allusions, to possible forms of an existence as genesis.

Fathali Metghalchi

Como, Italy (June 2012)

Center Middle Ages at Olgiate Comasco


Being in a room, in silence, with artists who know how to touch your soul is amazing!!!
Thanks to them, to the way the "talk" to us, we can all be richer in sensations, that perhaps we didn't know we could feel.
Let us take some time to "pollute" our thoughts with theirs; the details, the diversity of the strokes, the light in a brush stroke …they hide a story, their story.
Isn't that perhaps what we all are looking for? To be fully aware of the things around us, the people; in one word, to "know" a little more...?
This is a great opportunity to let us be fascinated by the many different kinds of knowledge; to you visitors the opportunity to say: "I understood"!
To be able to say: "I saw beauty in a melancholy face"!... Or in a shadow of an informal painting of Riccardo Perrone...

Mario Frau

Helsinki, Finland (January/December 2011)

Contempo Gallery


I got to know Riccardo Perrone, a pleasant and quiet person, maybe shy, thoughtful and profound. These features of his are reflected in his works, made of canvas or special paper, created with oil colours, paints, thoughts and the most intimate feelings. The works leave space for the spectators' interpretation. The artist does not name his works. Works that talk about his world, that want to communicate a message that is perceived by those who stop to admire them. And it is the meaning of the message that will give the title to the work. Art is a passion and for Riccardo Perrone it is life. A master of colour and light, he is one of the greatest artists on the Italian scene of contemporary art. For Riccardo the purpose of art is to make visible what is not. On the other hand, what sense would it have to represent what everyone can see?

Jorma Teittinen

Helsinki, Finland (October 2010)

Finland National Museum


The personal exhibition of Riccardo Perrone "No title, much to say" was held from the 18th to the 31st of October 2010 in Helsinki, at the prestigious National Museum of Finland. It started the 10th edition of the "Week of the Italian language in the world". A selection of 30 paintings are exhibited untitled and they retrace some of the most important exhibitions of the Italian artist, considered by the most credited critics, a master in the use, and above all in the juxtaposition of colours.

Link : Italian Embassy in Helsinki

Salzburg, Austria (March/July 2001)



As painting is quicker than writing in the way it catches the attention, it is more suitable to translate the emotions of the spirit fixing them in the moment in which they are born. Painting is also richer in interpretive choices, offering different emotional and intellectual incentives. Being convinced that painting is addressed more to the spirit than to the eyes, Riccardo Perrone has proposed to give back to vision what was left only to the spirit and in the potentialities of the body. Tapies, during his conference at The Mendez University in Santander during the 50's, explained that “when you have to form a new vision of reality you cannot just rearrange obsolete and topic forms, because every content has to correspond to a new form”. The painter must be able to visualize other aspects of global reality that do not end in repeated images, moving his interest among the different proposals of the same reality, “physical or metaphysical, visible or invisible, perceptible or intuitable”. He can then express himself with colour spots, with simple textural touches, with fadings of tone-colour, with symptomatic emergencies. Perrone works with a method that is certainly not easy, he doesn’t use lavish effects. Painting, according to him, begins when words seem to be useless. He impresses the characteristics of his imagination using a fragile media and his creative act comes from a long procedure, from a “shiftily” passive surface. His gestures come out from this autonomous area rising to the rank of form episodically but as evidence of a latent mental representation.

Franca Calzavacca

Praha, Czech Republic - Koln, Germany - Linz, Austria (February/December 2000)

Gruppe SA.FI.R. - Atelier Menck Sfegola - Michael e Pitra Oeg


His first experimentations, starting from the informal experience, strike you with their acute chromatic sensitivity and the anxious feelings they transmit, the anxiety of shaping, searching, perhaps with fatigue but at the same time impetuously, a personal pictorial language. He used fogs, stains, geometries, at times static as landscapes and at times like dangerous waters and skies. Strong colours and luminous extensions of light. This was a happy period of almost oriental style and sophistication. Then, colours have been replaced with “monochromes”, using tampons to eliminate or mask the brush strokes, to move towards a harmonizing tonal relationship, with a mellow gesture and a presage of figures which characterize all his latest productions. His canvases, often of a small size, bring us back to the meaning of a secret path, that from the transparences of “flimsy papers” through the suffused solitude of “monochromes” seems to arrive at the internal space, gathered in the suspension and immersion in clouds with a feeling of homeostasis, with light stratifications on the surfaces, places where memories start to reemerge. The geometries are softened, atmospheres are mutable, dense and homogeneous vapors overlap between signs and figures glimpsed and immediately forgotten. Semi-submerged shapes give you a sensation of well-being, limed whites and pinks, sinopias, a slender rectangle with a lineated base, ovals to evoke faces. In some canvases there is no tale, silence and expectation are preferred, rarefied backcloths with aerial graces, and the actors have not yet entered the stage. On the contrary, in other canvases, the identity appears and it is young, charged of potentialities and it doesn't fear the encounter, but it suggests a dimension of the unknown until that moment, other possible realities lie beyond the one normally perceived. Riccardo has this experience of vision, he is visionary indeed like those artists who have eyes different from ours "...and more than seeing the painting, we see according to the painting and everything with it...".

Anna Rolli

Linz, Austria - Florence, Italy (September 1997/April 1998)

Gallerie der Muhlviertler Kunstlergilde - Atelier De Giraldi


"Leaving aside any far east influence, today we can affirm that our art and all our thoughts in general, feel the need to free themselves from an excess of quantity and speed, and from continuity, in order to reach a condition of suspension, of rarefaction and discontinuity." This acute diagnosis which Dorfles places at the centre of his book, "L’Intervallo Perduto” (The Lost Interval), with a subsequent appeal for the recovery of the interval in its various forms, from absence to silence, to reflection, is a simulating introduction to the work that Riccardo Perrone has been carrying out for some years, with lucid coherence, locked up in his studio. The central theme of Riccardo's oils and works on paper can in fact be defined as an invitation to the perception of void, understood not as negation, but as a dialectic alternative, having the same value as the state of being “full", with which it always establishes a renewed and necessary balanced relationship. It is a method or construction with which the artist firmly obstructs superficial, hurried considerations, instead forcing the observer to look slowly and sometimes insistently, to discover the image gradually, trusting in the frail aid of the sign. From the soft whites, in which “the sound of all colours weakens” and in which there seems to be an increasingly persistent surfacing of a form -perhaps a face -, as if to measure the validity of his own research, Riccardo suddenly passes to the exclusive use of black, a severe, difficult colour, to which Kandinsky has already given the musical value of a final pause. Recently, many works on paper have been created next to the series of blacks which, significantly, the artist places together as though in a long speech interrupted by pauses and suspensions.

Susanna Ragionieri

Florence, Italy (January/May 1995)

ATELIER ALLEGRI with collaboration of Amnesty International


His flexible pictorial language is urged on impulses and spurs over his time.
"The great grow up and evolve in every age".
The present-day youth knows well how to represent the past echoes, but how many of them merge spontaneous actions and inventive signs with freshness such as to join the used term of "art"?
In every work of art, Riccardo Perrone reaches new quality, in his world of sign and colours, he gives voice to abstract rules, typical for his style and indifferent to the trends. His painting transmits his restless but balanced condition.
Despite of the above mentioned tensions, the observer has not a clashing or discordant impression but develops a calm and quiet perceptive mood like a symphonic chorus where all the voices are in tune with the same note. In this case the vehement note given by the effect of shapes, surfaces and colours. Riccardo Perrone’s work is in progress. He spends a lot of time to finish a painting, because he feels the floating confusion of colours and shapes like a form of renewal, a complete change, a total search in which the baseline ideas get cancelled, follow and enter into discussion with the work and themselves. They are in a cyclic way or occasionally less binding. Riccardo’s power maintains vital necessities and needs of sense in a world that doesn’t feel this desire anymore.

Mario Frau

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