We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosaria Vigorito and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rosaria, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Actually, the pursue was a direct and logical progression of my path once I reawakened to who I was all along. I have worn many figurative hats as in I am an Italian-American, a lesbian, a retired NY lawyer, NY law librarian professor, and an ovarian cancer survivor, but my calling is that of an artist. I knew I was one as far back as age seven, but my calling resurfaced later in my life. I rediscovered my childhood passion for art as an adult, which I call my second coming out. Thereafter, pursuing a visible artistic career was my way of sharing my work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In following the example of Picasso, with his constant reinvention and bold experimentation, I constantly challenge myself by using and combining different media to express my themes, including painting, drawing, photography, and digital mixed media collage. The latter, in particular, incorporates the fusion of elements taken from these different media, both non-digital and digital, and their manipulation in computer post-production. In turn, many of these images become subjects for subsequent paintings. My aspiration is to engage my inner “aestus,” i.e., passionate fire, and transcend beyond just making pretty pictures. I believe art is most powerful when it serves as a bridge from our primal essence to our higher selves, when it is authentic in its message, and, when it is raw and honest. As such, I have lived a life of many glorious moments, but I have also had my share of difficult moments concerning loved ones and me. Hence, my genre of works is personal to me. Yet, I hope that my works are universally translatable and relatable to others. That my works stimulate and stir the senses, provoke emotionally and psychologically, and/or that they draw in the viewer to an honest inner dialogue on matters of the spirit.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
With the Covid-19 reality we are now living In, this is a challenge to answer. But I will put that aside for the answer to this. I would share the local cultural scene, including art galleries (Gallery Art) and museums (Vizcaya Museum and NSU Art Museum) in the area, then enjoy fine dining (such as Serafina in Aventura and Three in Winwood) and cafe stops (to enjoy a nice espresso and perhaps even a bitter (Segafredo on Lincoln Road). If in season, any musicals, plays or operas would be included in the itinerary. The latter would include the Arsht Center, local small theaters, such as The Vanguard and the Miracle Theatre. Nighttime music would include Le Cat Chat Noir.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel indebted to the amazing artists I studied with in NYC, including those from the NY Academy of Art of Figurative Arts, where I received an MFA. I also have been blessed to meet many amazing artist in the vibrant Miami-Broward-West Palm area.
Self — Rosaria Vigorito