"As a kid, Aiello didn’t draw much, but when he did it was something he enjoyed and excelled at. As Ricky got older, he began seeing things from a different perspective than most; even the most monotonous things got a second look. With a slightly different interpretation of life than others his age, Aiello was often distracted in classes such as math and science. However, he found tranquility and success in art and music after moving to NYC at 18. With a father and grandfather in show business, everyone expected him to follow in their footsteps. He pursued music for years, but after his band was attacked on the street in his then-residence of Mesa, Arizona, he was left with a smashed and unusable guitar. Needing an outlet, he turned to art. He began foraging for old doors, cans of paint, rollers, and brushes, then converted his apartment into a studio. He would drag these items all over the neighborhood, then take them up to his apartment, put on some jazz or classical music, and get to work. Inspired by his father who also paints, Aiello started pushing the limits of abstract expressionism on extra large canvases at age 20. Now 22, he resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn and has shown work all over the boroughs of New York City. Though it wasn’t his original plan, he now paints every day and art has become an insatiable passion of his."
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