Featured Programming 2017
The Garden of Excesses: Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios
Curated By Marisa Caichiolo
Born in Holguin, Cuba, Rios studied art at the Institution Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba as well as Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. He currently lives in Mexico. Rios’ massive paintings and deft drawings blend organic, vegetal forms with allusions to the erotic in fantastic displays of sensual excess. Expressed in vibrant colors with a quick, sure hand, or made using his body to apply paint, his meld of Expressionist and Neobaroque explorations appear part abstraction and part dreamscape, recalling the theatrical presence celebrated in the Spanish Baroque. His two-dimensional pieces, which began as supporting works to his sculptural oeuvre, will be represented during the LA ART SHOW’s opening weekend along with an installation of Rios’ monumental inflatable sculptures. Now fully endowed with their own presence, the expressive paintings and drawings presented in A Garden of Excesses: Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios will present the viewer with a celebration of sensuality.

Rios has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries internationally, including Museum of Talavera, Puebla, Mexico; El Museum Gallery, Bogota, Colombia; Lucia de la Puente, Gallery, Peru; El Chope University Museum, DF, Mexico; Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain; Jacobo Carpio Gallery, Costa Rica and Nina Menocal Gallery, DF, Mexico, among other venues. His work has been showcased at many international art fairs and biennals including the Havana Bienal, the National Biennial of Visual Arts in Yucatan, and the Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial, Casablanca Biennale among others.