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ABOUT

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.

 
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Artist Statement

I am interested in the primordial, the oldest of stories, cave paintings, ritual smoke, animal skins, hallucinogen-fueled hunts, rites of passage; the things that make us human on the deepest possible levels.  The gods we conceived from our fears, and abandoned in our hubris.

 

ARTIST CV

EDUCATION

2016  Master of Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

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


GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta

Lyons-Wier Gallery, New York City


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2017

Narthex Gallery, New York, NY

2016

Coldwell Banker Caine Gallery, Greenville, SC

2009

Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

2000

Levy Gallery, Memphis, TN

1999

Main Street Gallery, Memphis, TN

1998

Theatreworks Atrium Gallery, Memphis, TN

Memphis Edge Gallery, Memphis, TN

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

MAC Open Studios, Greenville, SC

Divisible, Dayton, OH

2019

Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

M. David & Co., Brooklyn, NY

2018

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2017

Drift Greenville, Greenville, SC

Greenville Center for the Creative Arts, Greenville, SC

Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

Raygun Projects, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA

University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Volunteer State Community College, Nashville, TN

Apothecary, Chattanooga, TN

2016

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

Class Room, Coventry, England

Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois

Angelika Studios, High Wycombe, England

Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany

Corridor/divisible, Dayton, OH

2015

Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

Artisphere, Artists of the Upstate exhibition, Greenville, SC

2014

Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC

2013

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

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

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

Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

2001

Red Shack Gallery, Seattle, WA

2000

ArtFarm!, Marshall Arts, Memphis TN

CORPORATE/PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2016 Polsinelli, Kansas City, MO

2005 Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC

2000 LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN

1999 Waddell & Associates, Memphis, TN

PUBLICATIONS

Harrison, Tasha (2020). 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

Rico, C., Stowe, A.; Write Your Title: An experimental conversation concerning arts. methods. And some more.; Parlor Press, Clemson, SC, (forthcoming publication)

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.



FILM

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

 

NEWS

Latest news and exhibition information

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CHRISTOPHER RICO "OBLATIONS AND MEDITATIONS" ON ARTSY

February 7- March 6, 2020

L.ons Wier Gallery presents an exclusive, limited run exhibition.  Visit the show here

KIPAIPAI 2019

January 1, 2025

I spent an amazing weekend at the Kipaipai workshop at the Carey Center for Global Good in New York.  It was the experience of a lifetime.

ATLANTA

July 12, 2025

See my work in Atlanta at Bill Lowe gallery.

BROOKLYN STUDIO RESIDENCY

January 1, 2025

I attended the M. David & Co. studio residency in NYC, spending 10 days in the studio and launching a new body of work.

INTERVIEW WITH ANN LANDI

January 1, 2025

Art writer Ann Landi and I sit down to talk about art in her "Under the Radar" series.

 

CONTACT

 

© 2019 Christopher Rico