A Mexican contemporary artist, Gabriel Rico creates work characterized by the interrelation of seemingly disparate objects. Describing himself as an “ontologist with a heuristic methodology,” he combines found, collected, and manufactured materials to create sculptures that invite viewers to reflect on the relationship between humans and our natural environment.
Rico was born in 1980 in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico and currently lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico. He graduated from ITESO (Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente), Guadalajara, Mexico, BA in Architecture. His work has been exhibited all around the world, including Perrotin in Paris, New York and Seoul, Aspen Art Museum in Apsen, Cerámica Suro in Guadalajara, Mexico; ASU Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, Gyeonggi Creation Center in Ansan-do, South Korea, MAZ Museo de Arte de Zapopan in Zapopan, Mexico, Gallery Cuadro22 in Chur, Switzerland and Centro de arte Tomas y Valiente in Madrid, Spain.
In Rico's practice, one object crisscrosses with another in the inter-objective configuration space, achieving a precise geometry despite the organic, roughly hewn character of his materials. These object range from neon, taxidermy, ceramics, branches, and more personal pieces of his past. These unusual juxtapositions result in sculptures and installations that invite viewers to reflect on the juxtaposition of the very elements that compose them.
Featured image: Gabriel Rico - VI - from the series "More robust nature... more robust geometry", 2018. Rock, branch, neon. 19 7/10 × 66 9/10 × 15 in. 50 × 170 × 38 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Perrotin