Pietro RUFFO (1978)
Ruffo is interested in human freedom, and he addresses deeply philosophical questions or moral, social and political significance. “Ruffo’s work takes an expansive look at reality, forcing the viewer to rethink their ethical relationship to the world.” In 2006, to illustrate current colonisation processes, the artist produced a series of geographical maps on which he had drawn national flags portrayed as predators’ skulls.
Ruffo is closely involved in current humanitarian issues. In 2005, following the school hostage crisis in Beslan, Russia, he conducted art therapy with some of the children who survived the massacre by Chechen rebels. During his stay in Beslan he created Beslan Doppia mappatura, an illustration of the tragedy that the children had experienced.
The artist refers to his works as products under continuous development, a complex search to which additions are frequently made. His work involves intense and meticulous creation. He carefully adds detail using a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, digital photography and cinema.
Ruffo is frequently shown in Italy, where he is well known. He was awarded the New York Prize by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2009 and a research fellowship at the University of Columbia, USA in 2011.