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Ricardo's current work is an allegorical reflection of humanity’s response and reality to the unprecedented COVID-19 /Coronavirus worldwide pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020. 

This series is deeply inspired by the Roman writer Ovid, and his collection of my
ths called “The Metamorpheses”.

 Ricardo wishes to portray our current existence through a series of dreamy yet evocative images that at its core reads more as a spiritually aspirational meditation of our collective reality. 

The work which often resembles illustrative fairy tale like imagery takes on a more bold socially conscious tone in this new body of work. As a result “2020” confidently represents the possibility of human involvement, progression, and continuation despite the many obstacles and uncertainty that this virus  and social unrest has evoked worldwide. 

Inspired by Classical art, multi-ethnic antiquity, and present day advertisement imagery his vivid pictorial works present a torrent of imagery culled from every possible corner of the visual culture. 

Through lush, elaborately graphic surrealistic paintings and drawings Ricardo seeks to depict the social constructs of humanity and the complexity of our existence through striking introspective, portraiture, still life, and abstract compositions.

This current series further explores my fascination with the possibility of narrative in portraiture.

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Ricardo is a founding member of BLAFTCO, an alternative visual art group where he first began conceptualizing and developing large scaled art projects and art exhibits.  

Since 1992, he has created a wide variety of community based, innovative multi-media projects and exhibitions such as The New Museum (1994), Public Opinion (1996), and All Sizes/Real People (1997).  

In 2000 Ricardo developed his own visual arts company, called Apanamae Productions. At that time the artist produced solo exhibits for his own work such as “Exhibit A” (2002) and “New sKIN” (2003).  

Also as a writer and director, he has produced a number of major multi-media performance projects, some of which include “Que Hora Es?” (2002) And “The Anonymous Life” (2005).  

At the present time Ricardo is the Gallery Director of LeonidesArts NY, an artist run multi-media visual arts organization. 

From 2011 to last year he previously developed and served as Curator in Residence for the 32 Jones Gallery at the Hudson Pride Connections Center in Jersey City, NJ.  

Some selected exhibitions the artist has created during his tenure at HPCC include “Do Ask Do Tell” (2011), “Becoming Who We Are” (2011), MAN/kind” (2012), “Sight and Sound” (2012), and HERE’S TO LIFE” (2012).  

Ricardo also premiered “You Are Here” (2012) at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center in Brooklyn, NY where he now serves as the Curator in Residence for their community outreach programming in the visual arts.  

Awards received by Ricardo include: 

Level 1 Scholarship in Painting from both Musicfest and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts 

The Presidential Scholarship in the Arts on behalf of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.  

His work is in various private and corporate art collections around the US, and has been featured in publications such as: 

Vibe and Swerv magazines

Callaloo: A Literary Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters Liberty, an expatriate magazine in Dubai, U.A.E.

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