Muscular Rocco Ritchie credits his parents, Madonna and Guy Ritchie, with raising him in a “creative household” that has led to his art career, as he poses shirtless for Vogue photo shoots
Rocco Ritchie credits his parents, Madonna and Guy Ritchie, with raising him in a “creative household,” which has now led to his art career.
The 22-year-old is pursuing a career as a painter and has even co-founded his own gallery called Maison Rhed, the name deriving from the pseudonym Rhed, which he used early in his career.
Speaking to Vogue Hong Kong, where he also posed for a photoshoot, Rocco opened up about how, although neither of his parents are painters, his parents instilled a love of art in him from a young age.
Credit: Rocco Ritchie has credited his parents, Madonna and Guy Ritchie, with raising him in a “creative household,” which has now led to his art career
He said: “Growing up in a home that is passionate about arts and culture certainly helped. Neither of my parents are painters but both are artists in their own right and they taught me to appreciate and respect that. Their shared fascination eventually piqued my interest and I have been surrounded by them for as long as I can remember.”
In order for his work to be considered on merit only, Rocco published his earlier work under the Rhed name.
The artist stressed that he is proud of all the achievements of his famous parents, but wishes he had time to develop as a painter without “public judgement”.
He said: “Rhed is just a name. The only real meaning and importance of it was that my life and career didn’t mix up, especially at a point where I haven’t earned the title yet.
Career: Rocco is pursuing a career as a painter and has even co-founded his own gallery called Maison Rhed, the name deriving from his pseudonym Rhed, which he used early in his career
Interview: Rocco shared how, although neither of them are painters, his parents instilled a love for art in him from a young age
“It’s not that I’m not proud of who I am, on the contrary, I couldn’t be more proud of my parents and what they achieved and in turn taught me. I just needed enough time to develop and experience my own lessons the way they did, without the extreme public judging. Rhed was a mask until it wasn’t.’
In 2018, Rocco enrolled at Central Saint Martins in London to study Fine Art and later attended the Royal Drawing School.
He considers European art of the early 20th century to be his main influence and currently works from his studio in west London.
While debuting under the Rhed name, Rocco said he has no plans for another show once he wants to spend more time working on his craft.
Family: Rocco’s father is film director Guy Ritchie (pictured together in 2015)
Relationships: Rocco’s mother is singer Madonna (pictured with Madonna and his sister Lourdes in September 2022)
Rocco celebrated his 22nd birthday with a party in Sicily last month, where he was joined by his mother and several of his siblings.
Ahead of her own birthday on August 16, Madonna took to Instagram to wish her son a happy birthday herself.
Madonna turned to the photo-sharing app to upload multiple images from a decadent dinner abroad.
Rocco said, “Growing up in a home that’s passionate about arts and culture certainly helped.”
He said: “Neither of my parents are painters, but both are artists in their own right and they taught me to appreciate and respect that.”
He added, “Their shared fascination eventually caught my interest and I’ve been surrounded by it for as long as I can remember.”
She wrote in the caption to her 18.4million followers: “Lion to lion!! Happy birthday, Rocco.’
Several outtakes also featured her other children: David Banda and Mercy James, both sixteen, and Stelle and Estere Ciccone, both nine.
Madonna is also mother to her daughter Lourdes, 25, who she shares with her ex Carlos Leon.
Pseudonym: In order for his work to be viewed on merit only, Rocco published his earlier work under the name Rhed