Meet Ric One. Ric has been in the local art scene for years now. We had a few questions for Ric to find out the story behind the art.
Where are you from?
I was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
What is your art background?
I’m self-taught artist with 25 years of experience spanning back to a very young age.
What inspires you?
I want to deliver a meaningful message through my art with substance that does not need to be explained. I want to enhance the beauty of this city with color & creativity.
I grew up in the west coast of Puerto Rico, a place that’s rich in culture and has a love for art and color. The walls of abandoned factories in the town of Aguadilla, PR, or as I call it “the hall of paint”, became my playground.
Are there any past projects that you are especially proud of?
After the City of Orlando experienced the horrific event that took place at the Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, I was asked to paint a memorial to honor those who lost their lives, the survivors and the families affected by this tragedy. I created a mural with a message that reflects the strength and unity of our city. This one came from the heart and I am extremely proud to have been a part.
What other projects have you participated in?
I’ve been involved with the “Art is Now” Osceola Arts Public Murals Project in 2020 and 2021.This program was created with the goal of revitalizing downtown Kissimmee public spaces to inspire community dialogue, community development, and to celebrate local culture. Back in 2008, I participated in the Pintura Project live graffiti art show – at RV Studios in downtown Orlando. No Borders Art Competition –Orlando, FL Tampa Bay Fresh Festival – an event that brings over 50 street artists from around the country Tampa Meeting of Styles - Graffiti event just to name a few.
I have been a resident and a part of the local art scene here in Orlando for years. My art ranges in diversity from styles like portraits and landscapes all the way to 3D graffiti writing & wild style. I really love being creative and pushing the boundaries of my skillset along with taking on new challenges and evolving as an artist overall.
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