Massimo Ripa Orafo
Massimo Ripa was born in 1970 into a family dedicated to rural life and specifically to the cultivation of ornamental plants. From an early age he expressed his interest in him and a great curiosity for nature and his liveliness, starting with making drawings and representations of elements of the landscape that surrounded him.
The predisposition and passion for art arrive immediately, sprinkled with experience and study at the Umberto Preziotti Art Institute in Fermo. Thus, after completing his academic studies in 1988, Massimo becomes in effect a designer and creator of jewels. The technique he uses for the realization of his creations is mainly that of lost wax casting. His contemporary style ranges between the creativity of the design and the simplicity of the lines of the jewel.
What distinguishes his artistic creations is the search for original materials and high quality details, especially in the field of semi-precious and precious stones, personally chosen and used in a wide range of colors and shapes. Massimo's research has also been pursuing for years a precise idea of a work of art in motion, no longer locked up in a rigid and preconceived space.
In fact, his jewels set in the paintings are part of the work and yet they can actually be worn. The ability to move in space without any limitation breaks the traditional ideal of an artistic work created solely for visual use and you have the opportunity to interact personally with the work itself: eliminating the distance between viewer and creation, freeing the object from the environment that encloses it and finally giving it new life and movement. The ultimate goal is the exaltation of the jewel when it is not worn, an extremely neglected moment that the artist enhances through his works.