Judy Ragagli

About Artist: Growing up, Judy Ragagli took great joy in self-expression through the visual arts, however it was not until adulthood when she fell under the tutelage of master artist Paul Bedard that she began to seriously pursue her passion for oil painting. During an intensive study, Ragagli unleashed and honed her inner talent for creating stunning and life-like depictions in oil. During this period she poured herself into the craft to create a unique method of handling the paint which is reflected in her one-of-a-kind oil paintings. Ragagli's very first canvas was a portrait of nostalgic Barbie, a subject that she would later assume as her primary inspiration and focus. Ragagli's oil paintings are so life-like, many people have mistaken them for photographs. In order to achieve accurate tonal properties of Barbie's plastic flesh, Ragagli employs an arduous process of specialized mixing of oil colors that few artists have been able to master. Using only seven original color tubes of oil, she is able to precisely translate the vast and scintillating color properties of Barbie's skin, hair, make-up and wardrobe as they interact with reflective light. The effect of her process and style culminates in a cohesive vision of the beauty and grace of Barbie and the artist's own commentary on the significance of this great American Icon. Ragagli's artwork has been exhibited in Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, Canada and New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Charlotte. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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