Five Quick Questions with Sergio Roffo

By Michelle Musili on October 30, 2019

In celebration of the Copley Masters show we currently have on view in the Upper Gallery, we’re getting to know more about the master, Sergio Roffo through 5 quick questions. In today’s blog the artist tells us about how he decided to become an artist, his love for John Singer Sargent, and more!


1.  When did you decide that you wanted to be an artist?

When I was in middle school, I knew I could draw better than most, and I was always observing color and light. After high school, I decided to enroll in art school.

It just made me happy to make art.


Sergio Roffo, Exploring the Dunes, oil on linen, 10×20”


2. What inspires your artwork?

The interplay between light and shadow inspire my work as well as other paintings by other artists.


3. If you could collaborate with any artist (living or deceased) who would it be and why?

I would collaborate with so many deceased artist like John Singer Sargent, and Fitz Henry Lane and other American Luminists.


Sergio Roffo, Sunrise Arrival, oil on linen, 18×30”


4. What artists (living or deceased) do you draw inspiration from?

The artists that I mentioned in question 3 inspire me very much, but mostly we inspire each other as artists. I often go paint with other artists and

the conversations about color and light and technique is always interesting and inspirational.


5. How do you know when a work is finished?

It takes years of experience to know when a painting is complete. You just know. I’ve seen many artists overwork a piece and ruined it. [Knowing] when to apply that finishing touch and stop is hard. If you are not sure, just stop anyway and continue another day with fresh eyes.


 Sergio Roffo’s work is featured in our Copley Masters show, on view until November 7, 2019. We hope to see you in the gallery soon.