Galerie Protégé is pleased to present the work of Ricardo Arango. The exhibition marks his first solo exhibition in New York City, and Galerie Protégé’s final exhibition.
Ricardo Arango uses various media in his sculptures such as ceramics, glass, marble and steel. Arango sometimes explores the combination of all these different elements in one piece. His work highlights the beauty of each material as he places the diverse materials in unique arrangements. There are soft edges, sharp points, rounded forms, vibrant colors and Arango maintains a steady commitment to composition throughout his process. He says, "The diverse qualities of materials excite my imagination such as the flexibility of clay, the rigidity of metal and the fluid nature of fired glass. I create seeking to explore the visual relationships between the materials in creating new forms." Inspired by the sculpture of Anthony Caro, Louise Nevelson, Omar Rayo and David Smith, Arango creates his own concepts with an underlying interest in uplifting the spirit of his audience.
“Ricardo Arango’s dynamic creations embody the sensitive combination of diverse materials and techniques. Hard-edge steel juxtaposed with ceramic and melted glass result in beautifully crafted work. Spontaneity and movement cut forms in steel that flicker in the light are a delight to the eye.
I have been privileged to see a great deal of art over many years and Ricardo’s “Arte Povera” style is visually striking.” - Thomas W. Lollar, Professor of Ceramics Teachers College Columbia University, Director of Visual Arts / Lincoln Center NY (1989-2010)
Please join us for the opening reception on August 23rd between 6 and 8pm.