Widely regarded as one of the jewelry industry’s true innovators, Wilfredo Rosado has made a career out of pushing boundaries and challenging norms. As a protégé of Andy Warhol and a member of his inner circle, Rosado was immersed in New York City’s dynamic downtown street-art and social scene at a time when anything, and everything, seemed possible. He befriended artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring and forged a bond with urban pop culture that would last throughout his life and be a constant source of inspiration.
Rosado’s career in fashion began as Fashion Director for Warhol’s celebrated Interview magazine, before being handpicked to work for Giorgio Armani in Milan. Over the next two decades, he would gain invaluable experience in fashion and the fine arts, along with a newfound sense of refinement and an obsession for artisanal details. This would also be the starting point for his love affair with fine jewelry, as Rosado began commissioning and designing pieces for himself. It continued upon his return to New York when Versace tapped him to create an inspired jewelry collaboration with leading artists such as Julian Schnabel and Marc Quinn, in support of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
In 2011, Rosado launched his eponymous, groundbreaking high jewelry collection. His pioneering designs were a seamless blend of master craftsmanship and modern style that exuded a sexy, yet sophisticated edge. Constantly inspired by the visual and cultural kaleidoscope of everydaylife, Rosado is continuously dreaming, experimenting and exploring what is possible in jewelry design.