July 31 – October 4, 2015

Palos Verdes Art Center

5504 West Crestridge Road

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Opening Reception: 6 – 9pm Friday, July 31

A Garden Party

Art, Music & Food Festival

Noon – 5pm Saturday, August 1


Palos Verdes Art Center is pleased to announce A Garden of Excesses, a solo exhibition by Cuban artist Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios, presented in partnership with Building Bridges Art Exchange and curated by PVAC director Joe Baker, Marisa Caichiolo, director of Building Bridges Art Exchange, and BBAX curator Evelyn Pener.

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, July 31 with an artist reception 6 to 9pm, and features paintings, drawings, and monumental inflatable sculptures by the artist. The exhibition is accompanied by COLLABORATIONS: prints from Mixografia, featuring works on paper by Helen Frankenthaler, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith, Rufino Tamayo, Donald Sultan, Jason Martin, Mimmo Paladino, Joe Goode, Kwang-Young Chun and Kcho, presented by PVAC in partnership with BBAX and Mixografia Workshop. Both exhibitions are on view July 31 through October 4.

The openings are followed Saturday, August 1 with A Garden Party, a free festival of art, music and food with art workshops and live painting by Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios, held throughout the PVAC campus from Noon to 5pm.  Rios will be in residence at PVAC during the installation and first week of his exhibition to create a new art work and discuss his process.

Born in Olguin, Cuba, Rios studied art at Institution Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba as well as Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. He currently lives in Mexico. Rios’ massive paintings and deft drawings blend organic, vegetal forms with allusions to the erotic in fantastic displays of sensual excess. Expressed in vibrant colors with a quick, sure hand, or made using his body to apply paint, his meld of Expressionist and Neobaroque explorations appear part abstraction and part dreamscape, recalling the theatrical presence celebrated in the Spanish Baroque. His two-dimensional pieces, which began as supporting works to his sculptural oeuvre, will be represented during the opening weekend along with an installation of Rios’ monumental inflatable sculptures. Now fully endowed with their own presence, the expressive paintings and drawings presented in A Garden of Excesses: Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios will present the viewer with a celebration of sensuality.

Rios has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries internationally, including Museum of Talavera, Puebla, Mexico; El Museum Gallery, Bogota, Colombia; Lucia de la Puente, Gallery, Peru; El Chope University Museum, DF, Mexico; Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain; Jacobo Carpio Gallery, Costa Rica and Nina Menocal Gallery, DF, Mexico, among other venues. His work has been showcased at many international art fairs including the Havana Bienal, the National Biennial of Visual Arts in Yucatan, and the Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial, among others.


Thursday, August 6, 6-7:30pm
Talk and book signing by John Loomis,
the story of the forgotten art school of the Cuban Revolution
Building Bridges Art Exchange
Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F2
Santa Monica CA 90404
Friday, August 7, 6-8pm
Screening of the documentary film, Unfinished Spaces
with discussion led by John Loomis
Inspired by Revolution of Forms, the film traces
the beginnings and current quandary of the unfinished art school of Havana
with intimate documentary footage of Fidel Castro
Directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
2011, 86 min
Peninsula Center Library
701 Silver Spur Road
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
A Garden of Excesses:
Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios
is presented by PVAC
in partnership with:
Building Bridges Art Exchange
Curated by Joe Baker, Marisa Caichiolo
and Evelyn Pener
The exhibition is part of
BBAX International Program
is presented by PVAC
in partnership with:
Building Bridges Art Exchange
and Mixografia Workshop

Building Bridges Art Exchange, located at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, promotes international artists through art exchanges, residencies, exhibitions, and workshops. A Garden of Excesses: Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios marks the first of a series of residencies and exhibitions presented in partnership with Palos Verdes Art Center and the Santa Monica nonprofit.
Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit community visual arts gallery and school, inspires individuals to create, appreciate and celebrate art. Since 1931, when it was founded as a cultural arm of the planned community of Palos Verdes Estates, the Art Center’s exhibition, education and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable. 
 These exhibitions are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission
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A Garden of Excesses: Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios is supported, in part, by LA ART SHOW
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