Meet Ric Garcia, 2015 Gateway OST Artist

May 4, 2015


1. When did you first start creating?

I've been creating since childhood. I suspect most creative individuals can make the same statement. I became seriously dedicated to the creative process starting in 2008 and began a steady studio practice in 2009.


 Man Bond, 2013; acylic on canvas 30x40 inch.  Courtesy of the artist.


2. What is your process?

I look for ways to combine elements from different cultures and sub cultures found in America to create images. I'll sketch to establish a basic visual direction and then move into a digital environment to produce several studies for composition and color. I'll use reference material from photos I've taken or images harvested from magazines and the internet. While creating the studies I’ll decide which medium to produce the work. Sometimes the choice is to produce the work as both a print and a painting. I regularly incorporate a few image conventions into the work such as stars and benday dots to energize the composition and suggest material or atmospheric texture in my work.  


GOYA Star, 2014; acylic on canvas 30x40 inch. Image Courtesy of the Artist



3. When did you first come to the Gateway Arts District?

I moved to the Gateway Arts District in late 2005.

4. What stop are you on the 2015 Open Studio Tour?

I have two stops this year. The first stop is (#23) DC GlassWorks and Sculpture studios, where I'm a resident artist. I am one of two painters among glass artist and sculptors.

I have a second stop (#17) at the Gateway Arts Center home to the 39th Street Gallery and the 39th Street corridor on the 2nd floor of the center where  my work is in a two-person exhibit.


 Wonder Buh, 2015 archival inkjet print, 20x27 inch.  Image courtesy of the artist


5. Where else can people see your work?

Two locations this summer. Starting in June near the Whitehouse at GCDC grilled cheese bar in an exhibit titled Blended and in July at an exhibit titled Café +  at the Stone Tower Gallery in Glen Echo Park.


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