Jonathan Ricci lives in New Jersey where he works as an artist and educator. His academic achievements include, a B.F.A in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an M.A. in art from Eastern Illinois University, and an M.F.A. in painting from Bowling Green State University. He exhibits nationally including such venues as The Toledo Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, ARC Gallery, Meridian Gallery and An Art Place.
Although my artwork has roots in traditional painterly abstraction, I have always considered myself a figurative artist. Through simplified contour shapes like a cut out doll, a dress or an article of clothing, my work takes its form from the simplicity of childhood images and memories of an innocence lost. Many of the paintings have collaged images, notes, and letters associated with an individual. They are symbolic portraits, a personal narrative of family and close friends.