Domenico Ruccia’s pictorial research focuses on a precise historical period, namely the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, in fact, the artist proposes a parodistic and ironic reinterpretation of the Italian and foreign entertainment world of those years. In this context, cinema, fashion, and music are intertwined and become the ideal means to delineate the aesthetics of that period. The homage to Italian film culture is evident, with references to Federico Fellini’s magical oneiric and the Italian-style sexy comedy, considered a successful cultural by-product during those same golden years. Ruccia’s project then goes beyond these references, also exploring foreign culture and comparing such diverse realities as the world of Italian popular entertainment with foreign ones, particularly American and Oriental. His passion for vintage has turned into a useful tool for merging these two realities, comparing and revisiting them.
Painting thus becomes an ideal tool to dialogue with the past and reflect on what remains of our cultural heritage. His paintings are real quotations, sequences that allow one to play and interact with other decades through the use of the contemporary.
Recent exhibitions include Storie di altre storie, at IPERSTUDIO, Viareggio (2023); Confetti, at Villa Piersandro Pallavicini, Pavia (2023); Introduction: Domenico Ruccia, Superstudiolo, Bergamo (2021); Piccoli divertissement oculari, Il Crepaccio Instagram Show (2021); Toys, Chiostro del Bramante; Spazio nuove proposte, Rome (2018); Memories Storyteller, Fondazione Mario Moderni, Rome (2017).
After completing his legal studies, he devoted himself to painting and attended the Brera Academy of Fine Arts.
In 2022 he participated in the VIR Viafarini-in-residence artist residency in Milan.