My work is an exploration of linear geometric relationships that create a transcendental presence in the paintings. I contemplate every color, drawing, mark, and placement of the line to formulate what I like to call rhythmic velocities. This term describes the relationships of color and motion that create a heartbeat, gives life to the composition, and opens up a dialogue. The minimalism of the lines in relation to the canvas or pictorial space forms a new realm, which dislocates the viewer and challenges them to think beyond the spatial plane.
The foundation of my work centers on the stories created through my years of travel, reading, cinema, architecture as well as friends, family and strangers I have met. These interactions have deeply affected my approach toward painting and drawing generating dialogues that create the relationships and content in my work.
-Thomas Paul Raggio
Thomas Paul Raggio holds a Four-Year Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Raggio has taught Color Theory, Visual Thinking, and currently Art Appreciation at Rutgers University. He has also lectured Abstract Expressionism, 19th-century American Art, and participated in many programs promoting the visual arts. Thomas has exhibited works nationally and internationally. His works are in private and public collections in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Australia.