“Art presents itself with a certain kind of energy proceeding from our innermost being so logic nor intellect can be art. At the present time there are many people who believe themselves to be artists, just because they are able to paint on a piece of fabric. Art demands discipline and dedication. Art is the most beautiful way to express the talents that man has inherited; that is why it should not be taken as a means of satisfying the “ego”, nor a “pose” in regard to society. Consequently Art should only have one purpose in mind: to create.”
~ Ricardo Chávez-Méndez ~
Born in Torréon, Coahuila, Mexico, Ricardo Chávez-Méndez decided at age fourteen to become an artist. Self-taught, with encouragement from his artistically inclined family, he studied the work of master painters through books and exhibitions. At nineteen, he began teaching at Torréon’s Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture), funded by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (National Institute of Fine Arts & Literature), where he stayed for seven years. He has also taught graphic and perspective/composition at the city’s School of Architecture.
Ricardo moved to Albuquerque at the age of 28 and began to extend his painting techniques through a steadily evolving style of surrealism and use of air brushing incorporated into his surrealistic style. He continued to do portraiture, landscapes and still-life paintings, gaining a following at the New Mexico State Fair’s annual art exhibition where eventually became co-director of the Hispanic Art Center from 1994-1996.
He is fascinated by the interplay among creativity, compositional planning and the actual execution of a painting. Ideas for his more challenging surrealist works sometimes gestated for several years before he began the compositional process. The use of the airbrush increased his ability to experiment with layered surfaces and subtle color blending which focuses the viewer’s gaze on particular parts of his paintings. His meticulous and dream-like compositions have earned him the nickname, “Dali of the Desert,” by Chicago’s Airbrush Action Magazine, an apt comparison which he relishes. Currently, he is the Master of Curvismo for his introduction of the style known as Curvismo or Curvism by way of displaying, teaching and gaining a following of students into the movement. Ricardo is truly an extraordinary artist. He is not only a master teacher but a master artist of technique, color and composition, leaving a trail of awe inspiring art for the art lover, collector and critic alike. The range of mediums is just as impressive, working in acrylics, oils, alkyds, color pencil, watercolor, pastel, fiber art and mixed media, including clay sculpture.
Ricardo is included in the “The Biographical Dictionary Encyclopedia of Mexican Painting”, “Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans”, “New Mexico Millennium Collection” and “Triumph of Our Communities” as well as local newspaper and magazine articles. His works are included in numerous private collections nationally as well as internationally, including former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush and former First Lady of Mexico, Marta Sahagún de Fox.
He is co-owner of ORO Fine Art Gallery, dubbed the hidden treasure of Albuquerque by its patrons where he displays his work, teaches privately as well as in workshops and maintains his office of graphical and computer design, CYBERDESK Solutions.