Roger Ricco (Contemporary American) Roger Ricco was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a young boy he was fascinated by nature and art. As a student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee he majored in art. In his senior year he was the recipient of the Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome. Upon his return to the United States he moved to New York City to pursue a career as both painter and photographer. For a brief time he worked as an assistant to the photographer Irving Penn. An early pioneer of the digital photographic arts, Ricco is constantly experimenting with the latest techniques. In this series of floral still-lifes the artist demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of composition and command of the photographic medium. Ricco’s photographs are exhibited throughout the country. His work is found in private and public collections–including the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), San Diego, CA. Additionally, Ricco is an influential gallerist. His Ricco/Maresca gallery is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the Self-Taught and Outsider Art movement. Over the last 35 years he has authored many books on the subject.