Collaboration and family participation have always been a central part to Virginio’s practice. Since immigrating to Chicago from Verona, Italy, he established a collaborative process to work with international artists, architects, scholars, and communities creating opportunities in both his adopted city and native land. Throughout his career his family has been a core aspect to his success and inspiration often involving them in the production of projects––his wife Marisa with photography and administration, and sons Alberto with graphic design, Fabio with writing, and Marco with curatorial and film/video work.
Throughout the years the various studios Virginio has held have inspired his work and acted as catalysts for community involvement within the diverse neighborhoods they were located in, ranging from: Printers Rowe in the downtown area; Grand Avenue & Humboldt Park on Chicago’s West Side; Hyde Park and Bridgeport on Chicago’s South Side. In 2001 the City of Verona granted Ferrari the use of an abandoned old armory to produce, store work and run public workshops leading up to and after his 2003 retrospective exhibit “Ombre della sera” at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna-Palzzo Forti, Verona, Italy. In 2009 he moved his studio to a summer home with an atelier, gallery and sculpture garden in Guardistallo, Italy. In 2018 he donated the environmental sculpture, Forme della terra (2018), to the municipality of Guardistallo, which is located in the town’s entrance.