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.
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.