Artist Biography

 

  • Daniel J Riccio was born in the Bronx, New York 1948 but grew up in Long Island
  • Between 1970-1975 he obtained three different degrees and served in the military
    • 1970 Central Connecticut State University BS Biology and Art
    • 1973 U.S. Army Medical Technologist
    • 1974 CCSU MS Art Painting & Sculpture
    • 1975 Columbia University MED Sculpture & Crafts
  • He did his trade in New York City, making sculptures and fashion jewelry
  • In 1976 he moved to Connecticut to setup a country studio
  • His skills in jewelry and sculpture start to merge
  • The sculptures became increasingly intricate and smaller
  • He was making tiny objects, figures and animals drawing from his biology background
  • His miniatures are enthusiastically collected across the country
  • In 1980s he became interested in thimbles first focusing on making them to be used and not decrative
  • Eventually he started focusing on the visual statement, he finally chose a theme and chose the owl
  • From the owl on the designs became more ornate, detailed and at times more sculpture like
  •  Each year the Atlanta Georgia Annual Art Festival features one artist to do a specialty design for the festival and in 1986 he was the one chosen.
  • Chosen to do the ABA Convention Bell in 1988
  • President of Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts from 1990-1992
  • In 1993 he was commissioned to design a thimble to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of The Thimble Collection Club shortly before the club was disbanded
  • In 2006 he was asked to do a demonstration of the lost wax bronze casting at the Swords Through the Centuries Hammers-ins in October 18 2006
  • Mr. Riccio does commissioned work also, he was asked to do a wearable bell for the 49th 2010 Philadelphia Folk Festival and the 50th 2011 Folk Festival.
  • Participant of the 2012 Hebron Harvest Fair
  • Teaches at Central Connecticut State University
  • In 2015 he was commissioned to design a bell for the 2015 Fantasy Fest called The Avatar