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Fabrizio Ruggiero

Camiano,  52031 Anghiari, ITALY.
Tel:  +39 0575 723212  +39 3333 624648


 e-mail: fabrizio@fabrizioruggiero.it


When admiring the frescoes from Pompeii in his early years in Naples, Fabrizio Ruggiero felt that sense of awe and wonder that for the ancient Greeks was the beginning of knowledge. In 1984 he moved to Tuscany and established Architectura Picta, an innovative workshop where he started to reflect on the internal structure of the language of fresco painting that he had developed using contemporary technologies.
Over the last thirty years, Fabrizio Ruggiero spent long periods in Asia, where he explored the Indian thought and searched for visual patterns common to different cultures, summarizing the results in a graphic work, which he called Family Resemblances in homage to Ludwig Wittgenstein.
His interest for the shape and format of the painting support led him to compare the relationship between form, material and space focusing on the form in space. His research takes place along the axis of modeling, shaping in a soft manner. Looking for lightness in his abstract sculptures, he uses mats of reeds and plaster that are one of the distinctive characteristics of his sculptures. Later on he became interested in portrait and considers the human face to be a territory, and painting as the process to build a map of it. In 2001 he collaborated with the Global Pagoda project, the largest Buddhist pagoda in the world, under construction in Gorai Creek, near Mumbai, India. In 2006 his project The Summer Triangle. Orpheus, Deneb and Altair won the competition for the redevelopment of the Raggiolo tunnel, in Casentino. In 2010, in the splendid setting of a former church of the Poppi Medieval Castle in the niche of the altarpiece, he placed A Bruit Secret & Pandora's Box, the fresco of a Ready-made by Duchamp inside the Pandora's Box of Contemporary Art.
In 2014 his project Tribute To Traditions: Cultural Diversity In Unity became a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Cameroon in Yaoundé. In 2015, a selection of his portraits of remarkable women, Le Monde des Femmes, was exhibited at the Maison de la Chine in Paris, France. The same year a major exhibition of his sculptures and sixteen portraits dedicated to the theme The Transformative Power of Art was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations. In September 2015 a selection of his works were exhibited at the New York University's Casa Italiana in New York.
His  most recent exhibit, The Transformative Power of Art and Ideas was held from April 26 to June 15 2017 at La Limonaia of Villa La Pietra, former residence of Sir Harold Acton and today campus of New York University in Florence, Italy.



Fabrizio Ruggiero

Presciano 13, 52031 Anghiari , ITALY .

Tel: +39 0575 723212 +39 3333 624648

e-mail: fabrizio@fabrizioruggiero.it


1966– 1970 Student of Architecture at the University in Naples.

1970 –1978 Fabrizio Ruggiero creates hand-painted and printed textiles for pret-à-porter collections, gradually being involved in planning the full cycle of printed and woven necktie and foulard collections in silk and cashmere. Thus F. R. had occasion to take part in that "Challenge of restrictions" in shaping patterns that, as Sir E. H. Gombrich says: “offers an incomparable understanding of the operations of our sense of order in the perception of complex patterns".

1979 F. R. focuses his attention on the interaction of geometrical rhythmic structures and on the interesting phenomena illustrating the enrichment of information, which results when a description melts with another. F. R. gathered the results of his research in a graphic portfolio containing geometrical patterns divided by families according to what L: Wittgenstein calls “familiar resemblances”.

1972 – 1984 An interest in perception theory developed during the years F.R. was studying architecture and a passion for oriental thinking led him, in successive journeys between, to spend six years in the Indian sub-continent, where he came in touch with Indian and Buddhist thought as a "point of view " (Darshan) into which perception and art theory naturally develop as rules and practice of life. He became familiar with the theory of art in Asia and a general theory of art coordinating Eastern and Western points of view through the essays of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.

1980 F.R establishes ARCHITECTURA PICTA, workshop specialised in contemporary fresco paintings. ARCHITECTURA PICTA works in the sphere of the theory of ' Decorum ‘, fundament of all Renaissance art cycles. ARCHITECTURA PICTA is a flexible structure, able to plan and construct wall paintings by fresco of the highest quality in accordance with the client’s needs. Each piece is specifically for its individual site so it can be adapted to all the ' fortuitous necessities ' that may exist to accomplish the functions for which it is required.

1984 F.R. studies and experiments the scheme, structure and process of Fresco and Buon Fresco way of painting. He renews this old technique applying to cartoni and velature modern technological innovations. From then F.R. research flew in different streams, figurative and abstract, fed by the common water of fresco painting process.
F.R. starts the cycles “On brush’s edge” and “ De arte pingendi fragmenta”.

1994 He gets interest in digital images processes and uses them as a base and tools for fresco paintings.

1986 – 1990 F.R. moulds a cycle of abstract sculptures collected under the title of “De arte fingendi drama”. The sculpture technique suggested by Latin verb fingere is that of moulding, but in the abstract sculptures Fabrizio Ruggiero preferred to use fresco-roughcast plaster.

1996 F.R. starts painting large close-up portraits in Buon-fresco and Minimal Fresco. Minimal Fresco is a creation of F.R. where sand and lime plaster, basic elements in fresco technique, are used as colours in themselves.

2000 F.R. gives lectures on “Contemporary fresco” and Trompe l’oeil techniques at its own studio located up in the hills surrounding Anghiari, Tuscany.
2001-2003 F.R goes back to India. He is involved in the communication of the “Global Pagoda Project” the largest Buddhist Pagoda of the world under construction in Mumbai, India.

“Anapana sati” short digital animation on awareness of breath.
“Namaste” short digital animation with “Digital Monk”.

2003 F.R. “Four Colour Fragments” are exhibited in F.A.S. Studio, Naples along with several 3D projects of his sculptures.

2000/2008 F.R. paints same important fresco portraits, among the others that of: Renzo Piano, Giorgio Forattini, George Brassens, Umberto Veronesi, and Piero Castellini.

2005 Abstract fresco fragments, a cycle of six paintings dealing with the essence of colours.

2006/2007 F.R. installation “The summer Triangle, Orpheus, Deneb and Altair” wins BOSCHI AD ARTE Competition for the recovery of Raggiolo Tunnel in Tuscany and is permanently installed on the spot.

2008 Cycle of installations and paintings with prominent artist from last century as subjects.

2009 Family portrait of Italian people, Arthur Schopenhauer.

Fabrizio Ruggiero is an independent artist and, from time to time, participates to Art Fair and Exhibitions all over Europe.



Installation “The summer Triangle, Orpheus, Deneb and Altair”
Casentino, Tuscany

De Galeriet, Delden the Netherlands
The Wall Gallery, Amsterdam

«Abstract Fresco Fragments»
Holland Art Fair The Hague, the Netherlands

«Fresco Portraits»
Arreditalia, Centro congressi, Arezzo

« Digital monk»
Installation for V.I.A. Igatpuri, Mumbai, India

«Bhanga in Venice»
Virtual installation collateral to “Plateau of Humankind”
49th Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, Venice

«L'Essere Umano Liberato»
Progetto per il Premio Internazionale di Scultura " Terzo Millennio".

« Nisatta or continuus fluxus»
Palazzo Ducci del Rosso, Sansepolcro.

« Rambling into awareness »
Immaginarie Arti Visive, Firenze.

« L’immaginario ornamentale »
Centro Sperimentale per l’Arte Contemporanea
Firenze, Fortezza da basso.

« Nisatta »
Artefiera 98, Bologna

« Atapi sampajano satima »
W.A. A., London.

Artefiera 97, Bologna.

« Icones Simbolicae »
D’ART, Nizza.

« Dana per Maharaja »
Palazzo Ducci del Rosso, Sansepolcro.

« Le costellazioni dello sguardo »
NewYork, San Francisco.

« Pingendi Artis Fragmenta »

« De Arte Fingendi Drama »

« In Punta di Pennello»

A selection of works can be seen at::




Senator Susanna Agnelli.
Venezia- Venetian Moorish architectures
Two corridors at sides of a library have been ornamented with Moorish-Venetian architecture. Perspectives of terraces inspired by 15th century Venetian school of paintings.

Argentario. Planning for en plain air painted library.

Chiara Boni. Firenze.
Alla maniera del Brunelleschi.
In an attic flat, overlooking piazza SS. Annunziata, in Florence, the windowless dining room has been transformed into a pavilion situated at the centre of a ‘Chiostro’ whose painted architecture has been built "a la maniera del Brunelleschi".


Gianmaria Donà delle Rose. Palazzo Gropallo Rocca Saporiti. Milano
Elogio della dialettica.
« Elogio della dialettica » is a trompe-l’oeil in which a window inside the palace overlooks the palace itself.

Nara e Giorgio Mondadori. Milano
Gazebo con rose rampicanti
The entrance hall of an important 'Casa' in Milan has been transformed in "Veduta di un gazebo" with climbing roses and ampelopsis looking on a 'Cortile d'onore' painted with some of the most typical Milanese architecture for porch of the 16th and 17th century denoted by 'colonne binate or Serliana' (twin Doric columns)

Raffaello Cortina. Milano.
Hindu temple for private worship devoted to Satya Sai-Baba.

G. Armani’s private guesthouse. Milan.
"Interior with figure"
The panel (cm. 150 x 245) shows the interior of a room with a window and a painting with a figure. Divans are painted with the same patterns as the real ones. The screen has been painted on glass set in the panel and then painted with a geometrical pattern. The floor is on wood, while the Kilim carpet and the painting with the sitting figure have been produced a " Buon Fresco", the most difficult way of fresco paintings.

Fabrizio Ruggiero

Camiano, 52031 Anghiari, ITALY.