Provided by Israel Rico
“My artwork mixes Chicano Imagery and Pop culture (Loteria through Mexican remedies Vicks or our local sports icon Tim Duncan), The Beatles as Aztec Gods, Frida taking selfies with duck lips and Wonder Woman as La Virgen de Guadalupe. The aesthetics of my work juxtaposes Chicano imagery and Pop-Culture. I started my art career as a Former San Anto Cultural Arts Alum Muralist and established myself in San Antonio through exhibits at Centro Cultural Aztlan.
I have yielded publishing credits illustrating the poetry book “Roses Do Not Blossom Overnight” written by Lisa Marie Domiguez Ruiz, and “En la Punta de la Lengua, Al Filo de la Imagen” a visual book about gender equality and violence against women his image ‘Wonder Virgen I’ was used. Centro Cultural Universidadio Tlatelolco, Mexico City. In May 2017 Texas Monthly featured my work in an article of Josie Negley Gill’s Historic King William home called “Life on the San Antonio River” she described Rico’s art work as one of her favorite San Antonio based artists and describes the art piece as ” ‘puro San Antonio,’ as we say here.”
In July 2016 the “Leyendas Aztecas” Mural was voted by the SA Current Magazine as one of the 18 murals every San Antonioan should see.
I have been a staple Vendor at Frida Fest since 2016 and currently have my art housed at the Southtown Taco Haven Restaurant.I am currently engaged and have 2 daughters.”
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