Thomas Paul Raggio

Visual Arts

Thomas Paul Raggio holds a four-year certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Raggio has taught Art Appreciation, Color Theory, and Visual Thinking at Rutgers University. He has also lectured Abstract Expressionism, 19th-Century American Art, and participated in many programs promoting visual arts. 

Raggio’s work is an exploration of linear geometric relationships that create a transcendental presence in the paintings.  Contemplating every color, drawing, mark, and placement of the line to formulate what he calls rhythmic velocities. This term describes the relationship of color and motion that creates a heartbeat, gives life to the composition, and opens up a dialogue. The minimalism of the lines in relation to the canvas or pictorial space forms a new realm, which dislocates the viewer and challenges them to think beyond the spatial plane.

The foundation of the work centers on the stories created through years of travel as well as the friends, family, and strangers Thomas has met. These interactions have deeply affected his approach toward painting, generating dialogues that create the relationships of the lines and color in the compositions.

Raggio has exhibited works nationally and internationally. His works are in private and public collections in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Australia.