Artist's description:

Raised in Adelaide, Ruggerio later studied acting at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. After seven years working in television, film and theatre in Sydney she returned to Adelaide where she began her painting career. And the theatricality of her endeavours can’t help but shine through in the portraits of Kahlo, of Ruggerio’s friends and of images of Ruggerio herself. Melancholic eyes contrast with bright pink cheeks and vibrant fabrics contrast with the shadows on her canvases, “outward happiness and inward pain and, yes, more and more inward happiness, too”, she says.

Her unique style echoes the dynamism of the German Expressionist movement and, too, the simplicity of Naïve Art. She explains she initially draws her subject onto black cardboard with chalk pastels, then paints over the drawings with oils, using bold blocks of colour defined by black outlines.

Materials used:

Oil Painting on black card

Little Leah (2017)

$1,000

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This artwork is sold by Jane Ruggiero from Australia

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