Richard Vergez is a Cuban-American visual artist. Vergez was born in Philadelphia, PA and currently works and resides in Brooklyn, NY. His background in graphic design and audio/visual collaboration is reflected though his hand-made collaged works on paper and mixed media. Imagery that combines both human and technological elements relates to ideas surrounding an ever-evolving modern identity. His work has been featured at No Romance Galleries in TriBeCa, Chicago Urban Arts Society and Kids of Dada in London; as well as numerous blogs and international publications such as PluzUltra in Argentina, Mekanik Copulaire from France, Upper Playground and Stylesight in the US. His work is published this Summer in a new book by Barcelona based publishing house Index Book, called CUT OUT FOR COLLAGE.
Angelica Vergel in her review of Vergez work, relates following: “It’s easy to point out Richard Vergez’s influences: Dada, Surrealism, and any movement deemed avant-garde. However, unlike his predecessors, Vergez’s collages are neither chance arrangements or nonsensical, but rather these mass-produced images are carefully composed constructions that are minimalistic and aesthetically clean. Vergez manages to reflect on his influences, but takes their photomontage technique and edits down to the essentials: shapes affecting objects, landscapes and the people who inhibit in these spaces. His use of negative space creates a focal point on a narrative that is both abstract and concrete.
Whats presented are isolated environments in which humans become architecture becoming objects, or is it the other way around? These cut-and-paste collages are whimsical, funny, sensual, and at times violent. These themes, also found in Vergez's graphic design and sound work, are a reflection of each practice. This multi-disciplinary approach experiments with elements of space, form, and time, and are in dialogue with each other. There is so much mystery within Vergez’s work, but personally they are the type of mystery that I rather keep as indefinite; instead I want to be immersed by the unknown in his creations.”