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Ric Kokotovich

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Dichotomy of Souls, 2017 Archival Inks On Moab Paper 42 X 56 Inches © Ric Kokotovich
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Madonna del Pueblo, 2017 Archival Inks On Moab Paper | Photography And Digital Drawing 42 X 56 Inches © Ric Kokotovich
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Sor Juana del Prado, 2016 Archival Inks On Moab Paper 90.5 X 40 Inches © Ric Kokotovich
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Venus and her Mirror, 2016 Archival Inks On Moab Paper 65 X 40 Inches © Ric Kokotovich
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Camino Negro, 2017 Archival Inks On Moab Paper 36 X 80 Inches © Ric Kokotovich
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Luna, 2016 Archival Inks On Moab Paper 36 X 80 Inches © Ric Kokotovich
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La Reina, 2016 Archival Inks On Moab Paper 25.5 X 40 © Ric Kokotovich
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Frida, 2015 Archival Inks On Moab Rag Paper 42 X 56 Inches © Ric Kokotovich
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Eitaro, 2015 Archival Inks On Moab Rag Paper 34 X 40 Inches © Ric Kokotovich
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RAW, 2014 Alu Panel With Archival Inks 48 X 173 X 2.5 Inches © Ric Kokotovich
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Canada
Birth year
1955
Lives in
Merida, Mexico
Works in
Merida, Mexico
Schools
Representing galleries
http://thefrontgallery.com/ http://www.paulkuhngallery.com/
BIO

Ric Kokotovich began his career as a documentary photographer, mounting his first solo show in 1984. Over the next decade Ric received enthusiastic reviews for his exhibitions in Calgary, Prague and San Francisco. He then turned his attention to filmmaking where he garnered attention for Claire, which was nominated for a Canadian Genie Award, and Beauty Crowds Me, which screened at many prestigious festivals around the world. Beauty Crowds Me was also part of an exhibition of Bravo films that showed at MOMA in New York. Ric’s dramatic directorial debut, Bitter My Tongue, was given the Audience Choice Award at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. In 2005, inspired by the creative potential of digital media, Kokotovich renewed his focus on still imagery, exhibiting his new work internationally. In 2016, Ric had his first solo show in Mexico, where he now lives and creates. His current work draws on his technical mastery of media, and reflects an unrelenting, exuberant, experimental spirit.

STATEMENT

In the world of Canadian artist Ric Kokotovich, no image is sacred. All are malleable and transient and open to re-interpretation. Through the use of photography and drawing, images are created, then fragmented, reduced and degraded, re-combined and re-imagined.

As an artist, Ric has been deeply impacted by the paintings of Masters like Velázquez, Bellini, and Fouquet. In his newest work, Kokotovich reinterprets mythological narratives by placing his subjects within the framework of a modern society that remains deeply rooted in cultural class and religious dogma. In the patriarchal confines of Mexican culture, and in particular Yucatan where Ric now lives, women are deemed to have less power than men and yet remain the pillars of both family and community. Fascinated by concepts of power, faith and fealty, and by the iconic imagery of Mexico, the work of Ric Kokotovich invites viewers to create their own personal narrative. Sometimes romantic, often sensual and always illuminating, Ric’s images walk a line between intention and discovery, between abstraction and representation.

9th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Entry

20171205004409-dichotomy_of_souls

Ric Kokotovich Dichotomy of Souls