August 2013

Ralph Mindicino

Ralph Minidicino lost his right leg to bone cancer at the young age of 14. Faced with the prospect of a long, painful recovery, Ralph turned to art. “Creating imaginary worlds provided escape and relief from the harsh realities of the physical world,” Ralph says. “My journey of rehabilitation and psychic healing concluded with an outlook on life forever informed by the experience.”

Ralph’s journey spurred him to attend the State University of New York in Fredonia and Stonybrook where he studied fine art and experimented with bronze and steel sculpture, pottery and oil painting. His work is featured regularly in Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s annual art exhibits and has been displayed by The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and by MossRehab.

This piece, “Flowering,” is a representation of life. Ralph believes that the self-made ability to conceive and fashion grandeur is a person’s most profound expression of hope.