Anthony Ricciardi -Life of a Contemporary Artist

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by JERMAINE DUNKLEY

Anthony Ricciardi is not your typical artist, he’s motivated by purpose, destiny and himself to say the least. Having his first art exhibition earlier this month was everything he had hope it to be, and contrary  to everything this only proved that it’s within in art lies,  somewhere hidden In all his paintings.

So who is the man behind the art?

Born in 1991, the Toronto-born artist and entrepreneur has been embracing art since a young age through his fascination with the expressive, emotional nature found in tactile elements of art composition. With a knack for polychromatic mixing, his audience is fascinated by his inability to accurately see colours from beingcolourblind.

Finessing his craftsmanship and knack for visual storytelling Ricciardi began painting on a larger scale post-graduation from Alabama State University where he spent 5 years studying finance and playing baseball. Under the roof of his 70-year-old backyard greenhouse, featured in a 2015 Forbes article on contemporary studio spaces, he turns his realities into art. A king of his own heart and catcher of his dreams, Ricciardi is constantly taking artistic risks without compromising his tell-tale style.

He’s created original pieces for artists, from Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall to luxury shoe designer Jon Buscemi, and has works housed in various studios and condos across the city, most recently a signature abstract piece in the new Concord Adex Park Place Condo development lobby. Opening up a world of colour and interpretation for his viewers, he lets personal experience shape our present state of mind

Through dedication, without the concept of colour, Ricciardi reconnects the disconnects of life’s realities by taking spectators out of their mundane reality at a time where technology leads our lives. Ricciardi allows his audience to take a step forward and explore the relationship between art and memorable feelings through open interpretation.

​Every piece, with its harmonious layer of colour, presents an energetic fresh new story to every viewer that interprets it. 

Below are some of Ricciardi’s finest pieces, for more you can visit http://www.Ricciardipaints.com

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Chicago had the Deadliest January in 16 Years – Chicago or Chiraq?!?

 

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by   JERMAINE DUNKLEY

It’s being said that Chicago’s Drill music and Police killings are both aiding outrageous explosions and senseless killings in the projects ‘hood’ of Chicago. The city has never seen so much blood for the past 16 years in only a month.

Chicago saw a sensational spike in the quantity of manslaughters and shootings in January – the bloodiest begin to a year in no less than 16 years and a blow to blow police force attempting to recapture open trust taking after the arrival of a video of a white police officer shooting a black teenager. That cause days of dissenting on the black lives matter movement as they were angered by Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by the officer and an alleged conspiracy about a cover up.

Protestors filled downtown Chicago requiring the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel on January 20, 2016. Emanuel apologized for the demise of Laquan McDonald and for the brokenness of the city’s police department.

“I own it,” he said. “I take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch,”  Angered by how the Chicago Police Department treats the city’s minorities reached a critical stage in late November after video of an officer murdering 17-year-old McDonald was discharged. Lawyer General Loretta Lynch reported a government investigation concerning assertions of civil rights infringement by the force.

“But does he mean it or Just sorry he got caught?” one protestor said. Goggans stood silently holding a sign that said “16 shots and a cover up #LaquanMcDonald #ResignRahm.” Others in the room chanted “Black Lives Matter.”

Chicago which is currently being called Chiraq by a majority has been wild with gang related and senseless killings. Since last January for shooting incidents dramatically increased from 119 to 242, the quantity of shooting casualties expanded from 136 to 292 and 51 homicides contrasted with the 29 of January 2015.

And with recent murder of 9-years-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured into an alley and executed in connection with his father’s gang relations and the shooting and attempted murder of Drill rapper King Louie its getting worst. Louie whose real name is Louis King Johnson Jr. was shot at 22 times 7 of which hit him including a bullet fragment to the head, he is still alive; the crime continued as three other men were shot dead right after leading into January. When asked by CNN’s Don Lemon what’s going on in Chicago the rapper went on to say “The devil is working overtime.”, he is expected to have a full recovery and also relocate from Chicago.