Ricardo Solis, Come To Kerala!

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We have a soft spot for anyone who, young or old, finds a way to link art and nature. Ricardo Solis has a particular view, one which makes us smile, so here is a bit about him:

Ricardo Solis was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  He graduated from the School of Visual Arts and acquired expertise in workshops taught by outstanding teachers. He has participated in several exhibitions nationally and internationally and his work is in major collections.

From a young age Ricardo was attracted to art and nature. 

Now as a professional artist, he tries to express in his work the beauty and perfection of both, along with his belief in the undeniable existence of a Creator. He also often captures the innocence of childhood with his touching and evocative scenes of a child’s imagination.

Ricardo currently lives in Guadalajara with his wife and four young children, whom they teach at home.

Thanks to Krulwich Wonders for the fun introduction to Mr. Solis:

How did it happen? How’d the zebra get its stripes?

In Rudyard Kipling’s version, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into “a great forest ‘sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows,” stayed there awhile, and after a “long time”… got stripy.

OK. Not bad.

Here’s another notion, this one from Ricardo Solis, an artist working in Guadalajara, Mexico. He says a team of highly intelligent, “mini-me” creatures got itself a roll of black ribbon. Using giant scissors, the mini-me’s cut themselves long slivers, which, dropped from a blimp, they pasted on a horse.

This is such a satisfying explanation. No waiting eons and eons. No random mutations. No molecular biology. Just a team of itty-bitty designers doing, well … almost intelligent design. They’re not precise. Life should be accidental, which is why it feels right that a flamingo gets its pink from teeny buckets of paint, randomly poured. And why the mini-me’s down below have to protect themselves with small umbrellas.

Plus, creature-building should be hard work. In making a giraffe, a team of designers had to draw, manufacture and stock each golden-brown blotch, and ship them to the studio, where this monster-sized animal, tethered by a handful of mini-me’s, is patiently waiting to be accessorized. It’s a paint-by-numbers job, each blotch must be fitted to its pre-figured spot, and if they take too long and the giraffe gets restless? I’m not even going to think about that…

The story is better with Mr. Krulwich’s picture placement, so go to the source for the rest.

 

2 thoughts on “Ricardo Solis, Come To Kerala!

  1. Pingback: Stephan Brusche, Come To Kerala! | Raxa Collective

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