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The Center For The Arts Presents “Other” – Manuel Fernando Rios
Sunday, June 25th, 2017 2:00 PM
- Located in the Main and Granucci Gallery
- June 7 – June 24, 12:00 – 5:00pm
- Reception: Sunday, June 25 2:00 – 4:00PM
- Free to public
Manuel Fernando Rios
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Rios’s latest exhibition titled “Other” is inspired by ethnic origin questionnaires which many times do not include Chicano as an option, which Rios identifies himself as. Rios visually explores this conundrum by rendering careening figures through colorful multi-perspective geometric landscapes which result in discombobulating atmospheres.
Manuel Fernando Rios is a West Sacramento, CA based artist, Axis Gallery member and Art Instructor at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA. Rios earned his BA and MA in Studio Art from California State University, Sacramento. He received his MFA from the University of California, Davis. Manuel has shown in such venues as the Museum of the African Diaspora (M.o.A.D.), San Francisco, CA, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA and the Museum of Culture and the Environment, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.
Manuel Rios Student Show, Main Gallery
Through my art, I seek to incite change, to awaken hearts to the breathtaking beauty of people, and attempt to capture joy within. As a homeschooling mom of 3, I feel a little tied down to be out traveling the world and reaching out to oppressed and abused people, and painting is a way I can provide a window to others from here. I work with photographers in various organizations which are my connection to these sweet souls’ worlds away.
I hope to capture the emotion in a person’s eyes, in an effort to tell their stories. Communicating their humanity and awakening hearts, responding to outcry the only way I know how. I use oils because they are rich and alive. I don’t want to recreate a moment in paint and pigment, but to show you who these people are. I use brushstrokes to tell a story, loose and active, purposeful and interesting.
Adventure is apparent in my work as a constant theme. I like my art to tell a story in order to share my excitement of life with others. The character’s faces in my work are inspired by Peter Ganine’s chess sculptures mixed with the bodies of strange surrealist creatures in a Flash Gordon/pulp 50’s kind of science fiction setting. Each character has a story and purpose that I keep ambiguous so the viewer can interpret the narrative as they see fit. I hope to provide the viewer with as much enjoyment as I had in creating each piece.
Living in one of many small Russian communities in Sacramento, I am constantly strung between three clashing Russian identities — the older Soviet generation, the new Russian- American, and the all-encompassing “Russian” stereotype that is put upon us from the outside. My artwork aims to unravel this mess of identities, and draw attention to the Slavic dualism, wholeheartedness, and the generation gap. My process for creating art is mostly, but not limited to painting, drawing and collaging. In the two dimensional space, I invite the viewer into a work that is tethered in lines and immersed in multiple layers of color.
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