Mr. Ratowsky, you’ve lived in many places around the world and today reside in Mallorca. Have you found your place?
Yeah, I think so. I was born in Florida, but my father is also an artist, and he was an entrepreneur as well, so we never stayed anywhere longer than a few years. We moved all around the US, and then to Costa Rica, until my teens, when we went to Colorado. I spent some years there, then in New York, Los Angeles and Spain. It’s been a diverse run to see a lot of different cultures and places and people, and I got used to packing bags and going to the next place. But I always had this sense of longing to find a solid place. I remember when I was growing up, I would always tell myself, “I just want to find home. I just want to go home.” And when we landed in Mallorca, it felt like: “Okay, this could be home for a while. This feels right. This feels good.”
In New York you worked as a creative director and designer, now you do expressionist painting. That sounds like a big rupture. Are there any parallels?
I was creative director for lots of big agencies and I’ve been a designer for the last fifteen or seventeen years or so, designing everything from furniture to handbags. But I think that one’s creative energy kind of flows into the next thing. And those things aren’t mutually exclusive, there aren’t any real lines defined in the sand as to what is art and what isn’t. I think they cross over.