Rosaria Vigorito - The Artist with a Passion for Italian Culture
I am an Italian-American, the first of my family born and raised in the United States. My father was born here, but was brought back to Italy as an infant. In fact, my first language was Italian, as it was fluently spoken in my household. I was raised on Italian tradition, music and culture.
There was a great love for my heritage in my upbringing. Simultaneously, my family loved their new country and home. My mother, for one, was a very proud American citizen. All the opportunities this country provided for my family was never unappreciated. Not only was it recognized personally, but also recognized how the U.S. helped Italy evolve after the poverty and devastations of the past.
The two loves were never a conflict for me. I am a patriotic and proud American. Meanwhile, I have always been proud of my Italian heritage. I grew up in a very Italian area of Brooklyn, New York, which celebrated Italian saint street festivals, such as Santa Rosalia, and I was immersed in the culture, including listening to Italian music, among the names were Mina, Adriano Celentano, i Pooh and GianniMorandi.
I also travelled frequently to Italy as a child, with my family, and I have continued that tradition, as an adult. In fact, with my upcoming trip in May, I will have gone to Italy the last three years in a row, and at least six times in the last twelve years. I never grow tired of the Italian culture or going to Italy.
As a contemporary artist, I am very proud of, and inspired by, the amazing contributions the Italians have given to the history of art. My trips to Italy are becoming a return to my creative genetic source to recharge and inspire my future works. I never tired of seeing the historical great masters, like Michelangelo, Raphael, Tiziano, Caravaggio and Pontormo, to name a few. Meanwhile, Italy is also thriving with many contemporary artists exhibiting in the great venues of Italy. I, for one, had the great fortunate of being in two art exhibits in Italy, i.e., a solo exhibit in the Campania region in 2008, and a more recent group exhibit in Venezia in 2017.
Of note, I worked on a solo extensive multimedia art project of photographs, paintings and a documentary film on an abandoned town and its relocated people, in Italy, entitled borgo fantasma Vecchio Romagnano al Monte. This was a project whereby I did exhibits at different venues, including the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and the Italian American Museum, both in New York, as well as two New York film festivals, and an exhibit in Campania in 2008.
Currently, I am very active in the local South Florida art community. I participate in different shows. I am a board member of ArtsUnited and a member of Broward Art Guild and ArtServe. I recently had a solo exhibit, It’s in the Eyes, at ArtServe and I was among the artists at the Inspired By exhibit at Coral Springs Museum of Art. I have works hanging at Studio 18 in Plantation, 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale and Gallery Art in Aventura.
In the coming weeks, among other exhibits I plan on participating in, I will be in an exhibit at Tedd’s Artworks in Wilton Manors, opening March 9th , and the Art & Soul fundraising event hosted by Business for the Arts of Broward on April 11th. For the latter, I am proud that one of my works in the exhibit will be used as the promotional image for the event.