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Ángel Ricardo Ricardo Ríos: Floral Magnificence

By Margaret Failoni

“Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of man.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It would seem these words were written for Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios.

Art Opening
Ángel Ricardo Ricardo Ríos: Floral Magnificence
Fri, Apr 28, 7pm
Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75, Centro
Free

The epiphany for this Cuban- born artist was his move to Cuernavaca nine years ago. “It was spring and there were flowers everywhere, marvelous flowers, some of which I had never seen before. It was inebriating..

Although gardens have been buried by modernity, limiting the organic to functioning areas in Cuernavaca over the last twenty or thirty years—and actually, throughout the world—they still remain a source of fertile inspiration continuing to appeal to many artists. The garden captivates. Beyond the enclosed and organized space, the garden in this exhibition is a harbor for blurred, licentious, and undisciplined private passions.

Ricardo Rios gives us the obscure, chaotic, wildly divine, explosive, and unpredictable experimental garden. It is the orgasm of a metaphorical spring.

Not since Monet’s Giverny garden paintings have we witnessed such an incessant quest for the proliferation of the ultimate dream garden. And as seen in most of these large oils, Ricardo Rios’ penchant for the monumental is in contrast with his attraction to the vulnerable and profound, as can be seen in some of his works on paper. The artist expresses his sensibility and questions his audience’s relationship with nature.

A far cry from his earlier works of beautifully rendered silk striped cushions of clouds and sensuous interpretations of surreal landscapes, Ricardo Rios’ nine year floral passion not only is nowhere near fading, but continues to fill the gaze of the viewer with an ever growing admiration for superb painting in this world of floral magnificence.

 

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