√Āfrica


From the beginning of his artistic career he developed an interest in merging painting and photography, using chiaroscuro and playing with lights, shadows, blurred images and mistakes, convinced that what is apparently a mistake can become a final piece that conveys strong emotions, thus teaching you to accept imperfections and learn from them. Despite being influenced by abstract art and the early works of Goya, during the last two decades he has leaned towards a more intimate and poetic approach, without leaving aside irony and social criticism.

His current project, Africa, which is still in progress, is the recognition of the land where he lives, from a symbolic and poetic point of view. It is the acceptance of this continent as a vital space, of its lights and shadows, of its culture and its signs of identity. But it is also a social and political critique aimed at defending a territory that has always been left aside, in a world where all compasses point north and turn their backs to the south, and where the only option left to its inhabitants is to cross the sea. Africa is a visual poem, a tribute to the young Sudanese poet Abdel Wahab Yousif, also known as Latinos, famous within his generation, and who perished in August 2020 when the rubber dinghy in which he was travelling in the hope of reaching European shores, sank.

Ricardo Montesdeoca

Canarias

 

Ricardo Montesdeoca is a multidisciplinary artist born in 1962 in the Canary Islands (Spain). He studied at the School of Applied Arts and Artistic Professions.
He also received training in intaglio engraving in workshops offered by the Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria (the island’s government administration). He currently teaches analog photography in his Espacio Creativo Tres Palmas studio on the island of Gran Canaria. His 40 years of artistic work have involved painting, printmaking and analog photography, in particular darkroom and alternative processes.