Ricky Salvador is a young Hispanic visual artist that explores analyzing his emotions through the lens of pop culture and different artmaking techniques. He is inspired by music and healthy use of color. Most of his work is explored through different mediums, consisting of; digital drawing, lithography, intaglio, drawing, and painting.
How Many Licks?
Screenprint. 12.5 x 16 in. May 2019
A take on capitalism and its ventures which aim to bleed the world dry. In reference to the popular Tootsie Roll Pop advertisement campaign.
Oil on BFK paper. 13 x 14 in. May 2019
Drowned in You
Lithograph on BFK paper. 16 x 10 in. November 2018
"I've always been drawn to the ocean
So it's no wonder that I'm tempted to dive in
To the waves of your hair."
Imagery for a poem that I wrote.
Intaglio on BFK paper. 12 x 9 in. November 2019
Acrylic on self-made canvas. 14 x 12 in. May 2019
Intaglio on Arches paper. 9 x 12 in. November 2019
"You lose your way, then I'll command your boat to me again." - Lana Del Rey
Intaglio on Arches paper. Ink and Paper. Varied sizes. July 2019
I'm Not a Piece of Cake
Intaglio on Arches paper. 10 x 8 in. November 2019
Intaglio on Arches paper. Photo Collage. 9 x 12 in. November 2020
A visual of finding your home in a special person amidst the curves and swerves of life.
Intaglio on Off White BFK paper. Photo Collage. 18 x 24 in. March 2020
The goal of using technology has been to progress further into a Utopian society where everyone has comfortable access to food and housing. Using these images, I argue that technology has caused us to push nature too far into the unnatural; having overly modified cows that are constantly impregnated to produce milk, and replacing native environments with manmade structures. Technology should not be eradicated but rather, a balance should be found between the natural and the unnatural productivity we strive for.
Mirar Sin Tocar
Presented below is an assortment of photos of my screenprinted sculpture project discussing the ownership of female bodies. The female body has been viewed as an object of possession in many cultures throughout history. Although women have fought hard for the independence and rights they have today, the current political climate is attempting to tear down those rights by restricting the choices and safety available to them. This is present in our culture through the stripping of access to abortion in certain states and a lack of anti-discriminatory laws for trans women.
The sculpture is a female mannequin with no arms to represent the lack of delegation they have in their lives. She is adorned with bandages of cacti and actual needles symbolizing a developed sense of of self-defense necessary in this patriarchal world.