By Jennifer Tuohy for Island Connection
The Seabrook Island Artist Guild will host one of the country’s premier coastal landscape painters at its Feb. 17 meeting 3 p.m., in the Lake House, Live Oak room. Sergio Roffo, an elected “Fellows” member of both the American Society of Marine Artists and the Guild of Boston Artists, holds the honor of being one of the youngest artists to be designated a “Copley Master” by the Copley Society of Boston. Roffo will show his work and discuss and demonstrate his artistic process.
Roffo has been inspired by the work of American traditional painters such as Inness & Bierstadt, among others and his representations of coastal landscapes reveal a luminous, masterful feeling.
Upon viewing his art, you will discover a precise sense of value and atmospheric perspective that conveys a relaxed sense of calmness; a characteristic that defines and informs all of his works.
A serious artist, Roffo continually strives to capture the elusive essence that is Nature. He describes his mission as “trying to convey to the viewer the spirituality and sacredness of my work, indicating the harmony of nature through color and light.” Roffo offers that “As artists, our creative goals will never be accomplished. We will always be students of nature, because nature does it so beautifully. We live each day passionately, others only dream of!”
Roffo’s captivating depictions of the New England landscape have been included in a variety of museum exhibitions and have earned him many awards, including two prestigious “Grumbacher Gold Medals” and the “Yankee Sagendorph Award;” presented by Yankee Magazine. In 1994, Roffo was the winner of the Massachusetts Duck Stamp, winning on his first attempt, where others spend years trying. He has also been selected for inclusion in numerous publications and featured several times in American Art Collector Magazine. His work is included in many private and publicly owned collections.
The youngest of six children, Roffo was born in San Donato, Italy. His family immigrated to Boston where sometime after high school he attended Vesper George School of Art in Boston, graduating with honors. Roffo resides in Scituate, MA with his wife and two daughters.