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:


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'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.

Here's my most recent photojournalism work:

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Here's my most recent video project celebrating Puerto Rican poetry. It won the audience award at the Loisaida Film Festival.



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  • Jamaica, New York, United States

Worked together 1 times; Most recent: July 2016
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My work has been published in or by, exhibited or featured in:

111th Street/Oldtimers Festival
116th Street Festival
All American Guys
Adel Liquors
Adelante Magazine
Akut Magazin
American Indian College Fund
Aplauso NY
Apollo Male Models
Arena Nightclub
ArtUp Gallery (Pittsburgh)
Audobon Ballroom
Authentic Boricua
BAAD (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)
Blake Magazine
BMG Models
Bo Concept NY
Boriken Neighborhood Health Center
Brooklyn Fashion Week
Brooklyn Salsa
Bronx LGBTQ Center
Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC)
Bronx Pride
Bronxnet TV
Bruno Gmuender Publishing
Burbujas de Deseo
Calientitos Fundraising Calendar
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Calligaris NY
Camaradas El Barrio
Caribbean Cultural Center
Casa Frela Gallery
Casa Latina Music Shop
Cemi Underground Gallery
Center for Puerto Rican Studies/El Centro
Christopher Street TV
Copacabana Nightclub
Coverboy Magazine
"Daddy's Boy" (feature film)
Dancing in the Streets
Deep Mountain (Vermont)
"Despierta America"
Display Magazine
Dominican Day Parade
Dominican Times Magazine
Dominus Magazine
DNA Magazine
DNA Online
Drugi Para Garca
Drums Along the Mohawk
Dylan Rosser's The Male Form
El Flamingo Nightclub
El Maestro Boxing Club
El Morocco Nightclub
El Museo del Barrio
EKS Magazyn
Eroticco Magazine
Escandalo Nights
Ethan Says
FAR Couture
Faux Real Theater
Fordham University
Galeria Cemi
Get Kids Off The Streets Project
GET OUT! Magazine
HAF (Harlem Arts Festival)
HAWT (Harlem Artists Walking Tour)
here (gallery and theater)
High School for Excellence
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
House of Adrian Alicea
HUF Magazine
HX Magazine
International Toy Theater Festival
"Ironside" (TV)
Jersey City Pride
Johnson State University
Julia de Burgos Cultural Center
La Nacional
Latin Expo
Latina Magazine
La Voz Hispana
Le Boy Bar
Leslie Lohman Gallery
Mad Skills Magazine
Magnus Books
Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
Manhattan Repertory Theater
Mascular Magazine
Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week
National Catholic Reporter
National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Next Magazine
Next Model Men
Nico & Adrian
No Parking Bar
Nuyorican Poets Café
NY Fashion Week
NYC Pride
Oakland Arts Center
Palladium Nightclub
Paragon Men
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Performance Space 122
Pop Impresska
Pregones Theater
Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund/Latino Justice
Puerto Rican Parades (New York, Sunset Park, Williamsburg)
Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
Rainbow Fashion Week
"Real Sex" (Danish TV)
Riant Theater
Ricky Jarman
Robbyne Kaamil, Ask Playgirl
Shoes Only Travel
Silver Models
St. Ann's Warehouse
Staten Island Pride
Stickball Community Gallery
Summer Stage
Taino Towers
Taller Latino Americano Gallery
Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center
The Male Underwear
The Model Magazine
The Point
The Underwear Expert
TMF Magazine
TMF Website
Tito Puente Education Complex
Tropical Images: Brooklyn's Finest Dance Studio
Twisted Male Magazine
Unity Magazine
UPROSE Brooklyn
Uptown Fashion Week
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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