As a child he fell in love with the French and Belgian comic the bande dessinée, the clear lines, the precise outlines with no shading. Now he calls himself a «comic strip artist in a tie» as he combines his creativity with the pragmatism of communication. Riccardo Colosimo completed his studies at the Scuola Romana dei Fumetti (School of Comics of Rome), and has taught drawing for 2 years at the Istituto Paolo Stefanelli. In his final year at the La Sapienza University of Rome, department of Communication and Social Research, he was the first among 150 apprentices at the Rome office for the Jubilee, a communication project by the Rome Prefecture, the Lazio Regional Administration, the Metropolitan City of Rome and Roma Capitale. There, for the first time, he combined his experience and comic strips.
The Romans called Tirones the soldiers in their first campaign, or seventeen year old boys, once they solemnly started to wear togas. The young tirones attended Campio Marzio and there, under the safeguard of the people who evaluated the conduct of each of them, they carried military and gymnastic exercises. This is how the public decided who to give their vote too, when they would stand for public office. Benedetti tirocinanti is the comic strip for the apprentices of today, while they are learning about digital and institutional communication.
Being published a comic strip each week, every Monday since March 2016 on www.romaperilgiubileo.gov.it (now all available on www.benedettitirocinanti.it) it is the coloured eye available to the entire city to watch the apprentices, but it is also a live portrait of the main city events. With his clear, lively lines, Riccardo Colosimo expresses fears and anxieties, but also the opportunity to make mistakes and therefore the need for young people to be brave.
The author has set up a personal space between illustrated storytelling and communication, the surplus of his work is that he did it in an environment that he is skilled in and also with an emotional affinity.
The story has been written by Gabriele Di Fronzo, writer.