Anthony Ricciardi’s art is distinctive, vivid and curated to tell a story. The Toronto-born artist and entrepreneur made his debut in 2015, at 24-years-old, after being featured in a Forbes article on contemporary studio spaces. Ever since, he’s introduced audiences to imageries and explosions of colour orchestrated in uncommon forms. From canvas paintings, full-scale murals, furniture installations and art fashion — Ricciardi’s art has no limits. In fact, being colourblind, hasn’t stopped him from welcoming audiences to the harmonious relationship he creates between art and memorable feelings.
From working in the finance sector post-graduating from Alabama State University, to spending long nights in his greenhouse studio, Ricciardi recently decided to transition his day-to-day to the dedication of what he’s been embracing since a young age: art.
Having been influenced by his late uncle, also an artist, Ricciardi uses his flair for colour mixing and inventiveness to generate an experience. His noteworthy ‘deformation’ style incorporates layers of relatable imagery, written narratives to textural layers that encapsulate emotions and memories. As soon as he places a brush to any surface, there’s no telling what will come next.
He went from grappling his inability to see colour at a young age to organizing successful solo art exhibits to, as of recent, hosting the first solo art exhibition at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre (one of North Americas top luxury malls).
His art reimagines personal memories and he uses artistic methods to extract them, allowing audiences to shape and experience their own story. He continuously masterminds new art projects by creating concepts through his signature style of mixing unconstrained colour palettes with varying mediums, from canvasses to denim jackets — Ricciardi, the self-made entrepreneur, has no limits.
So far, he’s created original pieces for artists such as rapper Kardinal Offishall to luxury shoe designer Jon Buscemi. He has works housed in various studios and venues in Toronto and around the world including Esther & Carol Restaurant (Soho, New York) and Byblos Milano (Milan, Italy). He’s also partnered with development companies in Canada, offices and entertainment venues and has turned entire rooms and offices into artistic experiences. You can find his art inside Figures Restaurant (Toronto), Concord Adex Developments (Toronto), El Mocambo (Toronto), Rebel Nightclub (Toronto) and The Rec Room by Cineplex (Toronto). He’s also passionate about giving back to local communities through his art and has done paintings for charity auctions such as Camp Ooch’s Paddle Project and Hats on for Awareness — a painting that raised over $10,000 for charity.
Ricciardi continues to commission art pieces for various spaces and clients to create more vibrant, enjoyable and memorable experiences through art. He currently lives and works in Toronto and is working on a collection of art-fashion vintage jackets for Dust of Gods.
Yorkdale - Solo Art Show
Art show at one of North Americas top luxury Shopping Centres, Yorkdale