| Carlo Ricafort
2000 B.F.A. in Pictorial Arts, San José State University, San José, CA
2009 "Asimilasyon Radical", Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines.
Curated by Lian Ladia.
"Blowby", The Cubicle, Pasig City, Philippines.
2008 "Kwatro-Kantos", 21 Grand, Oakland, CA. Curated by Lian Ladia.
"Bay Area Now 5", Room for Big Ideas, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San
Francisco, CA. In conjunction with the Red Poppy Art House.
"Rendering Capitalism", Manilatown Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Curated by Arvin Flores and Lian Ladia.
2007 "Hijo de Tuta", Kearny Street Workshop, Space180, San Francisco, CA.
"HereWe AreHere Now", Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
"Traidor!", Esteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland, CA. Curated by Lian Ladia.
"Overmapped: A Cartography of Filipino American Visual Arts",
SomArts Main Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Rico Reyes.
Travelled to Remy's on Temple Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2006 "Virus Show", Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA
2005 "Recent Work", Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco, CA
2004 "ReMix: An Exhibition on Humor and Social Commentary", SomArts
Bay Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Curated by René Yañez.
2002 "Something Becoming Extraordinary", Sunnyvale Creative Arts Center
"Imprints: A Survey of Traditional and Experimental Printmaking", Arts Benicia
Gallery, Benicia, CA. Juried by Archana Horsting.
2000 "New Visions: Introductions", Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA. Juried by
Svea Lin Rodgers, Gabriel Navar and Marty Aranaydo.
2000 "The Holy Show", B.F.A Exhibition, Gallery 2, San José State University
San José, CA
1999 "New Visions", Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA. Juried by Rupert García.
1998 "Centennial Celebration", Herbert Sanders Gallery, San José State
University San José, CA. With guest musician Jimmy Biala.
1998 Portrait Exhibition, Gallery 8, San José State University, San José, CA
1996 Juried Student Exhibition, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
1999 Recipient of Violet Speddy Award, San José State University, San José, CA
1998 Recipient of Violet Speddy Award, San José State University, San José, CA
Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Carlo Ricafort immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area at
the age of 10. In 2000, he received his B.F.A. in Pictorial Arts from San José State University
and has exhibited at numerous galleries and cultural spaces mostly in the San Francisco Bay
Area. In the past 2 years, Ricafort has collaborated with the artist collective Kwatro-Kantos in organizing exhibits - one of which was recently at the Philippine Cultural Center in January of this year. He helps run a printing business and is based in San Francisco, CA.
I draw inspiration in my work from popular expressions found in art, current events as well as in
music - namely hip-hop and jazz. Like music, the images form on the surface emanating from
an abstract source sprinkled with the subconscious. The forms produced are malleable and
interchangeable the way language functions as a carrier of ideas and experiences. Picturemaking
therefore is one way to interweave all these contexts allowing me to explore and play
with both content and form.In my current work, the pictorial space has a sense of being cramped as if dictated by a crisis athand (holding a paintbrush). The surface is cacophonic with complex players involved inchromatic gestural episodes, textured meta-narratives, time-based tonal developments, and afree associative composition in harmony with the contemporaneous moment. The crisis -capitalism in limbo after "hitting the fan" - affects the personal to the societal leaving us to confront its claustrophobic ramifications.