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 Rick Seguso  (1949 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Florida      Known for: musician portrait, landscape and floral painting

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Biography from Richard Beau Lieu & Associates Fine Art Appraisers:
Artist, musician, actor and singer/songwriter,  Rick Seguso is a painter of equine subjects, florals, landscapes and portraits, but the biggest part of his work is moody and evocative portraits of musicians. With confident and authoritative brushwork, he puts special emphasis is on each character’s distinct and individual nature, capturing these images in bold and realistic paintings.

Rick Seguso was born in 1949 in Bronxville, New York into a family or artists and athletes.  Seguso’s father Arthur was a professional baseball player.  His uncle, Richard, is an accomplished artist. His grandfather Armand Seguso, a musician-turned-painter, had a freelance career that spanned more than three decades as one of the premier poster artists of his day working for movie giants MGM, United Artist’s and Paramount studios.  Armand created iconic posters for many classic films including “Gone With The Wind”, The Philadelphia Story”, “Kismet”, and “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, to name a few. 

After a youthful foray into the sports world, it’s not surprising that these seminal influences led Rick Seguso into the creative life of a poet, actor, musician and most importantly a painter, having been much influenced by studies with artist Peter Olsen. 

His work was recognized with the Mary Hulitar award from the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida.

Inspired and influenced by the Old Masters* and Post-Impressionists, Seguso’s technique is under-painting in grisaille*, and most of his works include varying degrees of glazing, which Seguso describes as “a technique often overlooked by modern day artist’s but an invaluable tool in creating jewel-like depth and style that is impossible to achieve by just mixing paint."

Seguso’s colorful past includes working for legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen as his Road Manager in the mid 1970’s.  He played a pivotal role in the musician’s rise to stardom.  Seguso is also a card carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild and has a body of worked as both a stage, film and TV actor.

A songwriter/poet for most of his life, Seguso has a CD of original songs.  It is both amazing and inspiring that despite surviving a serious bout of throat cancer in 2000, Seguso’s recovery has left him undeterred and grateful and he continues to perform publicly.

ARTIST STATEMENT

In all artistic disciplines, whether it’s dance, acting, writing, singing, music, painting, sculpture, etc., artistic endeavor reaches its zenith when it moves either or both the viewer and the artist or artists involved.

This is what I try to achieve with each piece I do.  To emotionally move or take myself or the viewing participant from whatever space we were in prior to a new and different place. The more you identify with the art the more I am able to speak or touch a chord within the soul of an individual and within myself.

This is why the various art forms can make us cry, laugh, inspire, anger, and many other emotions from the fantastic to the sublime.  Granted, it’s something I don’t often achieve but always strive and when I do the art usually speaks for its self.    

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