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My name is Ricardo Monge and I am a Mixed Media Artist, working with photography, painting, printmaking and graphic design.

I was born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where I lived until I graduated college with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras.) After graduation, I decided to change my surroundings and moved to New York City, where I became a teacher for the Board of Education. However, after one year of teaching, I realized I was still hungry for education and for creating, not teaching. I then decided to enroll in Pratt Institute for their Masters degree program in Fine Arts (MFA), majoring in printmaking and multi-media (graphic design, photography & video). Right after graduation I was able to relocate to London where I gained professional experience as a graphic designer in a publishing company (Rapid Science Publishing). At that time, and thanks to the accessibility I was able to travel through Europe and experience the richness of different cultures evoking my Latin Heritage. Living in New York and London in the 1990s fostered an experimental attitude that attracted me to work in a variety of media (painting, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture and computer graphic design), ultimately integrating these into my own creative language. My diversified background and exposure to these new experiences are what has led me to define my point of view of the world today.

Following an invitation by The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (Skopelos, Greece) prompted a unique sense of freedom and timelessness. This gave me the strength to confront the unfortunate and unexpected death of my dear father soon after. This loss was internalized and expressed through my creations. The personal experiences I had in Greece with its rich culture, combined with the physical departure of my Dad created my series entitled "Iconographic Patterns". Here I incorporated elements of Byzantine iconography and personal loss expressed as a state of emotion that is linked together by the technique of sewing, something that has been a key element of survival within my family for many generations. I beatified my father and others that had been part of my life and created my own "Saints".

Through my work I depict ideas through subtle hints and allusions, creating an ambiguous collage of fragments and details. My range of imagery deals fundamentally with the subject matter of identity (ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, childhood, class), shaped by an individual perspective. My work is deeply influenced by personal memories, dreams, and objects, presented with baroque qualities of ornamentation and adding a dash of kitsch.

Fortunately my body of work has been shown at various private and institutional galleries in New York, Boston, Chicago, Puerto Rico, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile, the Skopelos Foundation in Greece, the Majdanek State Museum in Lublin, the Aleksandr Art Centre in Uzbekistan, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and most recently in the Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau in Cuba.

I am currently working on several series inspired by doll collection I've aquired through the years of traveling, as well as gifts from dear people in my life. DOLLPERA, as well as DOLLTRAITS are series filled with variations and mediums, combining fine arts, photography, graphic design and introducing one of my newest passions, the world of Opera. The series are growing rapidly and endless.

Enjoy my visual journey...

Ricardo Monge



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