Ricardo Gonzalez
Ricardo Gonzalez (b. 1980, Mexico City) utilizes a limited palette, simplified mark-making, and a sense of humor to explore the language of expressionistic painting and drawing. His work draws on his own automatic drawings and the urban wall scribbles that populate his environments in Mexico City and New York, and his fast, manic drawing suggests an intuitive child-like doodle. Fragmented figures with grimaces and smirks frequent Gonzalez’s work, invoking a character that is deep-rooted in our collective unconscious –– an untamed persona with uninhibited energy that recalls early rock n' roll or the tales of early outlaw blues songs. The paintings ricochet between the sublime and the nihilistic, creating a tacit dialogue between satirical cartoon and painterly gesture.