Piece description from the artist
A figure lies in sadness, physically drained by monstrous tentacles. Light beams in through windows and an open door, providing solace and escape for him but he suffers in isolation. This piece is based on addiction and overcoming personal struggle for a better tomorrow.
Born and raised in southern Los Angeles, Ricardo Cisneros' work deals with contemporary issues facing minorities. Each piece presents a narrative that covers a social or political topic of debate. Within each representation is a twisted and emotional journey that challenges commonly held notions of what it means to be human. Ricardo conceives each painting from an emotional experience: love, heartbreak, discrimination, poverty etc. From it, he develops a suitable environment; mood and atmosphere play a key factor in his work. In order to achieve the appropriate setting, he uses a very selective color palette and chiaroscuro. Elements of pop art also play crucial role.