Rocco Ritchie credits his parents Madonna and Guy Ritchie for his art career

Muscular Rocco Ritchie credits his parents Madonna and Guy Ritchie for raising him in a ‘creative household’ that led to his art career as he poses shirtless for Vogue photoshoot

Rocco Ritchie has credited his parents Madonna and Guy Ritchie for raising him in a ‘creative household’ that has now led to his art career.

The 22-year-old is carving out a career as a painter and has even co-founded his own gallery called Maison Rhed, the name taken from his alias Rhed which he used at the beginning of his career.

Speaking to Vogue Hong Kong, where he also posed for a photoshoot, Rocco told how, although neither of his parents are painters, they fostered a love of art in him from a young age.

Credit: Rocco Ritchie has credited his parents Madonna and Guy Ritchie for raising him in a ‘creative household’ that has now led to his art career.

He said: ‘It certainly helped growing up in a house that was passionate about art and culture. Neither of my parents are painters, but both are artists in their own right and they taught me to appreciate and respect it. Their shared fascination eventually piqued my interest and since I can remember I’ve always been surrounded by it.’

In order for his work to be viewed on merit alone, Rocco released his earlier work under the name Rhed.

The artist insisted that he is proud of all of his famous parents’ achievements but wanted time to develop as a painter without ‘public judgement’.

He said: ‘Rhed is just a name. The only real meaning and importance of that were so my life and my career weren’t confusing each other, especially at a point where I haven’t earned the title yet.

Career: Rocco is carving out a career as a painter and has even co-founded his own gallery called Maison Rhed, the name taken from his alias Rhed which he used at the beginning of his career.

Career: Rocco is carving out a career as a painter and has even co-founded his own gallery called Maison Rhed, the name taken from his alias Rhed which he used at the beginning of his career.

Interview: Rocco told how, although neither of his parents are painters, they fostered a love of art in him from a young age.

Interview: Rocco told how, although neither of his parents are painters, they fostered a love of art in him from a young age.

‘It’s not that I don’t feel proud to be who I am, on the contrary, I couldn’t be prouder of my parents and what they’ve achieved and in turn taught me. I just needed enough time to develop and experience my own lessons just like they did, without the extreme public judgment. Rhed was a mask until it wasn’t.’

In 2018, Rocco enrolled in Central Saint Martins in London to study fine art and later attended the Royal Drawing School.

He sees early 20th century European art as his primary influence and he currently works out of his studio in West London.

While he debuted under the name Rhed, Rocco said he has no plans for another show anytime soon as he wants to devote more time to working on his craft.

Family: Rocco's father is film director Guy Ritchie (pictured together in 2015)

Family: Rocco’s father is film director Guy Ritchie (pictured together in 2015)

Relations: Rocco's mother is singer Madonna (pictured with Madonna and his sister Lourdes in September 2022)

Relations: Rocco’s mother is singer Madonna (pictured with Madonna and his sister Lourdes in September 2022)

Rocco celebrated his 22nd birthday last month with a party in Sicily where he was joined by his mother and several of his siblings.

Before her own August 16 birthday, Madonna took to Instagram to wish her son a happy birthday of his own.

Madonna turned to the photo-sharing app to upload multiple images from a decadent dinner gathering overseas.

Rocco said: 'It certainly helped growing up in a house that was passionate about art and culture'

Rocco said: ‘It certainly helped growing up in a house that was passionate about art and culture’

He said: Neither of my parents are painters, but both are artists in their own right and they taught me to appreciate and respect it.

He said: Neither of my parents are painters, but both are artists in their own right and they taught me to appreciate and respect it.

He added: 'Their shared fascination eventually piqued my interest and since I can remember I've always been surrounded by it'

He added: ‘Their shared fascination eventually piqued my interest and since I can remember I’ve always been surrounded by it’

She wrote in the caption to her 18.4 million followers: ‘From one Leo to another!! Happy birthday Rocco.’

Also appearing in several outtakes were 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 alone, Rocco released his earlier work under the name Rhed

Pseudonym: In order for his work to be viewed on merit alone, Rocco released his earlier work under the name Rhed

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