Francesco Ruspoli

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“Art expresses a fundamental part of what it means to be human. It is through art that the conflicts of life can be explored, better understood, brought to the surface and put into new relations with each other. I believe we are living in a time of unprecedented breakdown in human relationships and interactions, stretching from the individual and personal level to the geopolitical end of the spectrum. We tend to think of interactivity in terms of technology these days rather than as human feeling and connection. 

My art is meant to directly challenge this state of affairs and re-invigorate and re-inspire the emotional and spiritual dimensions of human life. This is inevitably in direct conflict with much of what we see around us in our world now.”

Ruspoli’s work is an exploration of relational space and its shifting possibilities within the contemporary world in which we all dwell. It explores the dynamic frontier between abstraction and figuration, keeping alive the infinite possibilities of being human in an age intent upon limiting them. Here is a certain defiant romanticism that insists that emotions are precious, that meaning is creative and that there is a world beyond commodities.

Using a strikingly vibrant palette, each painting presents a symphonic dance of colour where subtle gradation and dramatic contrast express nuances of emotion and sensuous physicality.  It offers a timely reminder of our shared embodied life with its hopes and dreams, pain and loss, and the poignancy of yearning. Thus, the eternal human dance of reaching out and holding back is movingly enacted - with the viewer included.

The work expresses the direct sensation of lived experience through organic shapes and forms woven from flowing lines and the gaze of the viewer. You are invited to participate in a creative encounter with these elements, constructing your own visual languages, responses and meanings. From this aesthetic encounter, urgent questions will arise about the quality of engagement between humans and their many environments. It is hoped there also follows an increased sense of wonder at your own capacity for re-interpretation and invention that will uplift both you and the world in which you live: this is the very essence of hope.

The relational concern of his work embraces all viewers: your interpretations are as equally valid as his. The very act of seeing is to enter a relationship. This is why the figures in his work are placed so viscerally in relation to each other, and why it stimulates a shared reflection on relatedness.


A vital part of interpretation is our emotional response, which is not solely the preserve of a ‘refined’ academic elite. The experience of being together is the essence of his work, so he hopes his work is able to share that precise experience with you. You could say his message, theme and vision is to co-create an experience of emotional connection, whatever it happens to be on that precise moment of that particular day, 

with you – here – in this space together.

Oil on canvas- Diptych- 60x40 inches- 2020
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Myself :Francesco Ruspoli
Oil on canvas as- Diptych -60x40 inches- 2020
Work Credit: 
Myself: Francesco Ruspoli

Born in 1958  in Paris from a British mother with a French background and a Belgian father with an Italian background, Ruspoli has presented his work in international art fairs and  international galleries increasing worldwide exposure. 

He has been recipient of a number of important international awards and medals such as to mention a few: Eugene Fromentin Award and Gold Medal in France, Masters Award and Honorable Award in USA, Gold Medal in China, Honorary Award of Distinction and Honorable Award in UK, Silver Medal in Italy.

Inspired by his surrounding Ruspoli moved towards a new way of working stimulated by the influences of artists such as Chaim Soutine, Georges Rouault, Henri Matisse, Edward Munch and Egon Schiele. 

Ruspoli art work places the human figures in an abstract environment supported by a vivid use of colours where subtle gradation and dramatic contrast express nuance of emotion and sensuous physicality.  The work also expresses the direct sensation of lived experience through organic shapes and forms woven from flowing lines and the gaze of the viewer. You are invited to participate in a creative encounter with these elements constructing your own visual languages and meanings.

Ruspoli is internationally awarded with some of his paintings in Museum’s permanent collections.

“Art is about sharing visual ideas. My canvas may not have a front or a back cover but I try with each study, each painting to represent a work to be read rather than stared at. If through my work as an artist I am able to stimulate thoughts and feelings then I have achieved my goal.” 




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