ricARTo

Photographer Male New York, New York, US My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/ricARTo
Mayhem # 3071496

About Me

I'm a former educator, therapist and legal advocate.  Now, I do my activism and social commentary via my photography, puppetry and body art through magazine editorials, art installations, gallery exhibitions, print publications and video projects. 

I do my art for creative and activist reasons: a percentage of the proceeds are donated to charities that support young people of color trying to further their education.  I also curate art exhibits as a way to raise monies for charities that support LGBT youth. 

Here's an underwear line I have that raises money to help fund college scholarships for Latino and Indigenous youth:

http://www.ricarto.com/#!chulo-underwear/czx2

I'm not a prolific photographer, but when I do shoot, it is so that it can be published or exhibited somewhere for a specific reason.  I also take a lot of time to set up the shots (I work more like a sculptor and puppeteer.).  The process is just as important as the final product, so I spend a lot of time talking with, meeting with and hanging out with the models and subjects, so that a sense of who they are comes out in the actual work.  I believe the models and subjects have something to say and their voices should be heard, so my art is more of a collaborative process than my just directing you. 

I'm hoping to work with more aspiring artists and models--especially in body art or story concepts. Contact me further if you have questions or if you are interested in our working together.

PS: I currently have a traveling exhibit celebrating Nuyorican heroes throughout NYC's famed Puerto Rican neighborhoods. The exhibit opened October 15, 2014, and will continue traveling from venue to venue through January 2016.

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Here's my most recent video project celebrating Puerto Rican poetry:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34125J7zxMQ

Credits

My work has been published in or by, exhibited or featured in:

AAG
Adel Liquors
Adelante Magazine
Akut Magazin
American Indian College Fund
Aplauso NY
Apollo Male Models
Arena Nightclub
ArtUp Gallery (Pittsburgh)
Authentic Boricua
BAAD (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)
BeautifulMag
BelloMag
BET
Blake Magazine
Boriken Neighborhood Health Center
Bruno Gmuender Publishing
Burbujas de Deseo
Calientitos Fundraising Calendar
Camaradas El Barrio
Caribbean Cultural Center
Casa Frela Gallery
Cemi Underground Gallery
Center for Puerto Rican Studies/El Centro
CentroVoices
Christopher Street TV
CHULO
Copacabana Nightclub
Coverboy Magazine
"Daddy's Boy" (feature film)
Dancing in the Streets
Deep Mountain (Vermont)
"Despierta America"
Display Magazine
Dominican Times Magazine
DNA Magazine
DNA Online
Drums Along the Mohawk
Dylan Rosser's The Male Form
El Flamingo Nightclub
El Morocco Nightclub
EKS Magazyn
Ethan Says
Escandalo Nights
FantasticsMag
FAR Couture
Faux Real Theater
Fordham University
Galeria Cemi
Gozamos
HAF (Harlem Arts Festival)
HAWT (Harlem Artists Walking Tour)
here (gallery and theater)
Hispanic.com
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Homotrophy
House of Adrian Alicea
HUF Magazine
HX Magazine
International Toy Theater Festival
"Ironside" (TV)
Island
Jambalaya
Johnson State University
Julia de Burgos Cultural Center
Latina Magazine
La Voz Hispana
Le Boy Bar
Leslie Lohman Gallery
Mad Skills Magazine
Magnus Books
Mascular Magazine
Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week
Monaga
National Catholic Reporter
National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Next Magazine
Next Model Men
Nico & Adrian
No Parking Bar
NUVO TV
Nuyorican Poets Café
NYCBOE
NYCDOE
Oakland Arts Center
OhlalaMag
Palladium Nightclub
Paragon Men
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Performance Space 122
Pop Impresska
Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund
"Real Sex" (TV)
Ricky Jarman
Shoes Only Travel
SiTV
St. Ann's Warehouse
Stickball Community Gallery
Summer Stage
Taino Towers
Taller Latino Americano Gallery
Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center
TMF Magazine
The Model Magazine
The Point
The Underwear Expert
Tito Puente Education Complex
Unity Magazine
Univision
Urban Latino Magazine
Violet Writes
VOICES, annual LGBT art show
West Side High School
"What It Was" (feature film)
Youngstown Public Schools
And, a bunch of others.

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