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Alumni Spotlight: Livio Ramondelli

Prime Artwork by Alumnus Livio Ramondelli

Livio Ramondelli graduated from the Penn State School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004. Later that same year, he began a graduate school program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. After receiving his master’s in illustration in 2007, he was hired by famed comic book artist Jim Lee to work for WildStorm Productions, the West Coast branch of D.C. Comics. There, he and a small team of artists were tasked with doing the visual design for D.C. Universe Online, a $50 million MMO video game title from Sony.

Ramondelli left WildStorm in 2010 to begin work for IDW Publishing on the comic book title Transformers. An enduringly popular title, Transformers has gained Ramondelli followers around the world. He frequently makes appearances at Comic Conventions around the United States (San Diego, Seattle, New York), as well as abroad—in 2014, his travels took him to Tokyo and London to interact with his followers there. He currently lives in Los Angeles. 

Ramondelli remembers his time at Penn State fondly, recalling a vibrant and diverse group of young art students. He credits SoVA professors John Bowman and Robert Yarber in particular for their knowledge and experience, as well as their unwavering support when it came to letting their students discover their own path.