Christopher Rico is an American abstract painter living and working in South Carolina.  He received his Masters of Arts from Clemson University. Rico has exhibited internationally in Australia, England and Germany, in regional art museums in South Carolina as well as commercial galleries in New York City, Atlanta, and New Orleans.


Artist Statement

We have always looked to the stars and told stories, stood before the sea and wondered at its mysteries, created myths and heroes tales.

I tell stories with gesture and form, color and surface, in an attempt to convey that same sense of wonder and mystery.  




2016  Master of Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

1995  Bachelor of Arts, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN


Kasper Contemporary, New York


2020 Everything that was Forever, Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC 

2020 Oblations and Meditations, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2017 Via Dolorosa, Narthex Gallery, New York, NY

2016 That was yesterday, that day, Coldwell Banker Caine Gallery, Greenville, SC

2009 St. Theresa and small paintings, Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

2000 40 Days, Levy Gallery, Memphis, TN

1999 State of the Union, Main Street Gallery, Memphis, TN

1998 Scatterings of Us, Theatreworks Atrium Gallery, Memphis, TN

1998 enemy:me, Memphis Edge Gallery, Memphis, TN


2020 Hamptons Virtual Art Fair, Southampton, NY

2020 Chrysalistasis, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2020 Art Goes Viral, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

2020 Gray/Grey (Matters), Divisible, Dayton, OH

2019 Bloom: Color, Caress and Seduction, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2019 Hurt, M. David & Co., Brooklyn, NY

2018 Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

2018 Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2017 Drift Greenville, Greenville, SC

2017 Greenville Center for the Creative Arts, Greenville, SC

2017 Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

2017 Raygun Projects, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

2017 Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

2017 NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA

2017 University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2017 Volunteer State Community College, Nashville, TN

2017 Apothecary, Chattanooga, TN

2016 No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016 Class Room, Coventry, England

2016 Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois

2016 Angelika Studios, High Wycombe, England

2016 Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany

Corridor/divisible, Dayton, OH

2015 Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2015 Artisphere, Artists of the Upstate exhibition, Greenville, SC

2014 Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC

2013 Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

2013 ArtFields (inaugural year), Lake City, SC

2012 Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

2010 Upstate Visual Art Fall Juried Show, Greenville, SC

2010 A little help from my friends, Los Angeles, CA

2008 Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

2008 Festival of Flowers, Greenwood, SC

2007 Festival of Flowers, Greenwood, SC

2005 Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

2003 Studio 1030-G, Atlanta, GA

2002 Studio 1030-G, Atlanta, GA

2002 Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

2001 Red Shack Gallery, Seattle, WA

2000 ArtFarm!, Marshall Arts, Memphis TN


Polsinelli, Kansas City, MO

Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC

LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN

Waddell & Associates, Memphis, TN


Dwain Skinner Open Studios Fellow,Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council, 2020

Ward, Charlotte. “Sacred Space.” TOWN Magazine, Sept. 2020, pp. 38–37. Community Journals

Harrison, Tasha (2020). "Ritual Work". At Home Summer 2020. Greenville, South Carolina: Community Journals, LLC.

Landi, Ann (2018); The Value of an MFA; Vasari21.com

Landi, Ann (2018); Under the Radar; Vasari21.com

Stowe, S. Andrew, and Christopher Rico. “Write Your Title: An Experimental Conversation Concerning Arts. Methods and Some More.” EXQUISITE CORPSE: Studio Art-Based Writing Practices in the Academy, PARLOR PRESS, 2019.

Bookhardt, E.D. (2016) ‘20th Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS Essay’, Inside NOLA.

Gould, R. (2015) Decoding the abstract | ’unlimited potential’ at Lyons Wier gallery. https://culturetrip.com

Rico, C. (2009) The Forest and the Sea. 1st edn. United States: Blurb, Inc.

Rico, C. (2008) Paintings 2008. 1st edn. United States: Blurb, Inc.


The Forest and the Sea, They Say Build Productions, Producer, 2008



Latest news and exhibition information





January 2021

I sit down with folks from Shoutout ATL for a chat about art.  (photo credit Will Crooks, 2020)


November 2020

 My studio mates and I are opening the doors to our Oye' Studios the weekend of November 14th.  Visits are by appointment only and strict COVID measures will be in place.  To reserve your tour, please go here.   

We are unable to accept walk-up visits, so please do not come by unless you have an appointment.  

If you wish to schedule a private studio tour with me any other time during the month, please reach out to me via the Contact page.

July 2020

"Ritual Work"

Inspired by calligraphy, Christopher Rico offers a conversation on canvas

Christopher Rico's paintings feel like an invitation to a more in-depth conversation about what it means to be human. The deep blacks painted in great swoops and arc with a Chinese calligraphy brush float in luminescent washes, lending an aesthetic that feels both new yet rooted. 

read article here

June 1 - 28, 2020

Curated by James Austin Murray

"What are artists creating in their studios? With exhibitions cancelled or just moved online, and no artist receptions planned any time soon, artists continue to work. This exhibition is not about the COVID virus or social distancing, but it's a product of the changes brought on by these new circumstances. I reached out to 50 artists whom I admire to see what they were doing during this unique time of isolation and social unrest. Many are located in the New York region, others hail from throughout the U.S. as well as far afield as India, Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, Germany and England. These are their works." - James Austin Murray.



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