Erotic Art has been part of the human experience for millennia. But there is HUGE difference between Erotic “Art” and mainstream porn. Join Devi Ward Erickson and her guest, visual artist and Photographer, Ricardo Scipio as they discuss the toxic limitations of mainstream pornography and the healing impact of Eros as an art form.
Tune in to find out:
- What inspires one to become an erotic artist
- The challenges of being a POC in the white dominated realm of sexual expressions
- The lessons of sex and intimacy transmitted through erotic art
- The toxic legacy of mainstream porn such as racism, lack of diversity, lack of human connection
- Sex-negativity and censorship in social media and the wider society
- The transcendental expense of photographing authentic, unapologetic, connected sex
Trinidad-born Ricardo Scipio has thus far garnered the reputation for making unique, multi-layered, provocative work in film and photography. His first feature film “When” was an irrepressibly brutal and comedic portrayal of dysfunctional struggling actresses in New York. His second feature film “Watershed” was the first independent feature film in North America to be shot in digital high-definition, breaking ground with its technical and narrative accomplishments. His third feature film “Finder of Lost Children,” set in the Caribbean community of Canada, is a poignantly moving and humorous story of two half-sisters that meet for the first time at the funeral of the father neither one of them knew.
Ricardo grew up in Toronto and attended both The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and The University of Waterloo. He started his art career as a fashion photographer and then later as a fine art nude photographer. He has had 14 gallery shows of his work and his first book of photographs- a collaboration with noted Canadian poet George Elliott Clarke, was published in November of 2005. His second book “The Goddess Project” was completed in 2010. A book of nudes of Black women entitled “Uzuri” was finalized in 2011. Never idle for long, Scipio has completed photographing his fourth book “The Goddess Project Book Two” in 2012. His fifth book “The Goddess Project Book Three” was finished in 2015. The Sex Goddess Project Book One was completed in 2016 He completed The Sex Goddess Project Book Two in 2018, Book Three of the series in 2019 and Book Four in 2020. Ricardo has recently started his his tenth book “The Intimacy Project.” When not on tour, Scipio makes his home in Canada.
Learn more about Ricardo on his website HERE