Sergio Roffo (born 1953) has been inspired by the work of American traditional painters such as Inness and Bierstadt. His representations of coastal landscapes reveal a luminous, masterful feeling and brings to his art work the serenity and passionate beauty which engulfs New England. A precise sense of value and perspective informs and defines his work. Sergio Roffo is able to capture the crest of the wave as sunlight spills through the foam and crystallizes the water drops into glinted diamonds. He is able to capture the soul of New England and its inhabitants.
Roffo's paintings have earned many awards including two prestigious “Grumbacher Gold Medals” and the “Yankee Sagendorph Award” and winner of the Massachusetts Duck Stamp in 1994.
His New England landscapes have been exhibited at numerous museums, including the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Springfield Art Museum and the Salmagundi Club in New York.
Born in Italy, Sergio Roffo came to America as a child in 1963. He studied at the Vesper George School of Art and then exhibited with the Copley Society in Boston and the American Artists Professional League. He is an elected member of the Guild of Boston artists and the Society of Illustrators in New York and is one of the youngest artists to be designated a “Copley Master” by the Copley Society of Boston.
He begins each painting with an 8"x12" sketch on location, prior to creating a larger image. He uses light to dramatize and strengthen each composition and occasionally utilizes photo references to ensure the accuracy of design. He makes use of both watercolors and oils to capture the mystique and serenity that surrounds the deserted beach at sunrise, or the majestic weathered homes of New Englanders that have survived the seas and the harsh winter storms.
Biography courtesy Susan Powell Fine Art