The idea is to draw attention to a specific place
These illustrations represent aquatic animals seen through a fantastic and extravagant lens, hyperbole of an enchanting marine world that we should know and safeguard.
I describe the subjects, imagined and sketched on flying sheets, to a team of illustrators who will outline all the details. All illustrations are hand-made using a pencil and then refined with China ink. A high-resolution scan follows, to faithfully maintain the visual characteristics of the hand drawing.
In giving birth to the characters, I try to imagine their personality, how they would interact with each other, and who could appreciate them. Above all, I wonder if children might like them - the only ones who can really change things, in water as well as on earth.
Hence the idea of bringing the aquatic creatures onto the plates and making lunch or dinner a playful experience even for the very young. A moment open to imagination, to the creation of stories about a new world in a fruitful interaction between food and drawings.
Music is an essential element in the creation of an alternative world where beauty is contemplated. The reason why some of these marine beings are accompanied by a series of dedicated piano compositions.
Riccardo was born in Milan and studied at the Polytechnic School of Design, before immediately setting out on a journey – both physical and intellectual. It was a journey that would see him play a leading role as a visual designer in Chicago and Istanbul, and then in Germany in a leading company in the personalised decoration sector, and that today has led him to Riga, the dynamic capital of a country buzzing with culture.
After building on his own cultural experiences and acquiring even more skills in design, logistics, production and communication, he decided to start working on the Aquatic Creatures project to offer his own personal take on the sea and on the creatures that populate it in his mind’s eye, an aesthetic view that is at once ethical.