Rhode Island Artist Turns Judge Caprio Into Public Art in New Mural

Quahai.com – Rhode Island artist Arthur Cayo is in the process of painting Judge Frank Caprio, who he calls “one of Rhode Island’s great treasures” — as a piece of public art in Narragansett.

The mural, which Cayo is putting up on the outside wall at Meldgie’s Diner in Point Judith, marks the latest recognition for Caprio since his “Caught in Providence” syndicated courtroom television show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2021.

“I came up with the idea a while ago basically, I wrote a grant application called “honoring the community,” and I thought it would be a good idea to paint [Caprio] in Narragansett,” said Cayo, who received funding through the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Judge Frank Caprio

Judge Frank Caprio/ Photo: Cayo

“Art for Society”

Cayo’s art has been featured in Providence and around the state, and was recently featured in the Dirt Palace gallery window.

His murals featuring hearts have also been seen in Providence — including one of Breonna Taylor — and his works have included portraits of such figures as Audre Lorde, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Harriet Tubman, Andre the Giant — and local figures Gina Raimondo and Buddy Cianci.

Cayo’s Instagram page, “Art for Society,” showcases a wide range of his interests, from urban streetscapes, to Rhode Island beach life, and more.

So why Judge Caprio?

I like to highlight people that have made an impact on their communities,” said Cayo, who grew up in Warwick, went to Rhode Island College, currently works as a realtor for Shawomet Realty Company, and splits time between Providence and Narragansett — much like the judge.

I always try and take a selfie with him every time I run into him,” said Cayo.

Photo: Cayo

Cayo says that the hundred-foot wall on the diner will take him about two weeks to complete — but in the meantime, he has already shown Caprio.

“I wanted it to be a surprise, but I did show it to him the other day,” said Cayo. “He absolutely loved it, and I got a little emotional. He thought it was just the nicest thing.”

Cayo, who is in the process of completing the Caprio mural, is already looking ahead.

“I have two more planned,” said Cayo, who said he is “teaming up local with elected officials” for future projects — stay tuned.

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