Ángel Ricardo Ríos: Notes on Giverny

By Margaret Failoni

The world’s garden clubs should induct Ángel Ricardo Ricardo Ríos into the Hall of Fame, thanks to his exuberant canvases of flowers. These semi-abstract garden follies jump off the picture plane in riotous color and brush strokes. The richness of the medium and the lavish portrayal of overabundant plant life leave the viewer with the not so vague sensation of a floral scent. There is not one hesitant application of paint. On the contrary, the artist likes to work big: big canvases, big brush strokes, what one deciphers as big flowers, and are those bugs popping from beneath? Everything appears to be over the top, lush and sensuous in generous color tones. Despite the semi-abstract technique, there is no doubt we are envisioning plants, yet not quite deciphered, allowing us to invent our own picture but definitely some kind of garden—therefore, the bravura of this young Cuban artist.

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Born in Helguin, Cuba, Ricardo Ríos was well trained in the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana. Soon afterward, he settled in Mexico City and earned recognition and admiration from the city’s leading galleries. It is not at all surprising to see some of his work in major collections of contemporary art. Galleries in South

America and Europe vie for his attention. Ricardo Ríos is also a brilliant draftsman and sculptor of fanciful objects, many in museum collections. The unabashed joy his art brings to the public is accompanied by the charm, yet total dedication to his craft.


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