Robert Ferrucci grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., and spent weekends and summers at his family’s cottage situated amid the farms of Putnam County, N.Y., inspiring a lifelong love of rural landscapes.
Ferrucci, who now lives in Putnam County, is best known for his contemporary American folk art paintings that pay homage to the rural landscape and its iconic structures, while eschewing more clichéd subjects like cows—and even people.
The artist captures his scenes from an elevated perspective, and his process employs a technique known as tinting, or painting thin layers over a compositional element, repainting that element, and then repeating the process several times.
As his work has embraced a stronger palette, richer colors and bolder shapes and forms, Ferrucci has also turned to abstraction.
“The new work can best be described as Abstract Expressionism,” his website bio says. “The paintings are filled with emotion, colors that range from muted to bright, full and splashing. Most of the work is mixed media with the use of acrylic, oil pastel, tissue and layers and layers of tinting.”
“Bob’s stylized barns and love for the farms and fields will never change but his intensity about his abstract work is very strong. He sees it from a spiritual personal growth perspective. His effort is expanding, reaching out, driving the new forces onto canvas,” the bio adds.
Ferrucci began studying art as a child at what is now the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. He later studied at the Art Students League and Pan American Art School in New York City, as well as studying on a scholarship with Impressionist Nan Greacen, and with illustrator Gilbert Stone.