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nogales, arizona

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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1996, MFA in painting and drawing
Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago, 2000, Master in Elementary Education
Arizona St, 1980, Bachelor in Art Education

surrealism, landscape, installation, figurative, painting and drawing-education-mixed-media installation



Ricardo Santos Hernández

My paintings and drawing currently draw inspiration from the industrial setting and location of my studio in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the south side of Chicago.


The old factory buildings where my work space is housed was constructed in the late 1800’s and was the hub of the manufacturing activity vividly described in the book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair written in 1905.  My studio is located in the remnants of that industrial period and its industrial history is richly evident in my work.  Many occurring themes in this genre of work that I am presently producing focus on themes related to man, industrialism, and nature.


The idea of need to produce and consume plays a vivid role in my work.  The harvest of industrialism, materialism with endless consumption sees the distant light of destruction in mankind according to my images.  Industrialism and destruction versus the idea of living harmoniously with nature is not evident in my work.


War and invasion are images that evolve from my industrial pictorial narratives.  The need to create and produce armament I argue is an extension of the endless need to consume and destroy.


My Casador series alludes to the idea that man still has the innate instinct to hunt, kill, and to manifest its dominion over nature.  In this early stage of the new millennium, the hunter, el casador has become, in  my visual interpretations but a mere manager of the few remaining wildlife that has endured the complete dominance of the natural landscape by man.  My work theorizes that shortly all the wild animals of the earth will go into hiding and man will have no options but to turn on him self.


Ricardo Santos Hernández




Recent Exhibits

ricardo santos hernández participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 Adentro: a solo art exhibition
Clock Tower Industrial Park Building A 3rd Floor west enterance
May, 2012 La Libré A Celebration of Life
Clock Tower Industrial Park Building A 3rd Floor west enterance
Apr, 2011 Imagenes Religiosas-Closing
Cobalt Studio
Apr, 2011 Imágenes Religiosas "entre el cielo y la tierra"
Cobalt Studio
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