WITH A DIVERSE RANGE QUALIFICATIONS FROM A MASTERS DEGREE IN ENGINEERING, TO FULL MARKS (600/600) IN FINE ART AT A-LEVEL, AND A PASSION FOR WORKING WITH METAL, RICARDO STARTED MAKING STEEL FURNITURE AS A HOBBY, AND DEMAND FOR HIS DESIGNS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP QUICKLY FOLLOWED. NOW WORKING OUT OF A 2,500 SQFT STUDIO IN THE HEART OF THE STEEL CITY, SHEFFIELD, RICARDO'S CLIENTS RANGE FROM PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS, THROUGH TO INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED INTERIOR DESIGNERS, TELEVISION PRODUCTION COMPANIES AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS.
I started out in metal work with a job at a highly regarded steel boat builder, working my way up from sweeping the floor to designing and welding together custom boats up to 70ft long and 14ft wide. Icouldn't get enough of it, and in my spare time began designing and experimenting with my own steel furniture designs which quickly became an even greater passion. After posting these online, interest and demand quickly grew to the point where I was in a position to leave the boat building job and focus on my own designs and pieces full time.
With the time and freedom to develop and create more of my own designs, growth accelerated rapidly, and through Instagram my following and profile continued to grow, attracting the attention of interior designers, TV production companies and artists alike.
Most recently I worked along side another artist (Steven Anwar, Sapien) on a TV show (Landmark, Sky Arts), tasked with analysing and then building a steel sculpture in two weeks and under difficult conditions. This program is due to air in September 2021, with the finished piece now being on public display at Grizedale Sculpture Trail.