Art is for everyone. Rich Fonseca

In my work, I find inspiration in the patterns of the floors in the Brazillian houses where I spent time as a child, in the textures and piecework of the quilts that my mother makes and the colors of the autumn leaves from upstate New York where I grew up.
I use bright bold colors and intricate patterns to create an optical effect that encourages the viewer to look twice at the subject.

At first glance, the viewer may first notice the colors and what appear to be simple shapes. Closer inspection or a shift in perspective may reveal another pattern. It is this back-and-forth between color, pattern and shape that I like to explore within my work.

As a self-taught artist, I especially appreciate how the creation and enjoyment of a piece of public art is easily accessible to everyone, without physical or financial barriers. I believe it is of great importance that public art brings a sense of place and joy within the community and that it encourages discourse about what it might mean – as Keith Haring once said “Art is for everyone.”

Solitude | Size: 32”x25” | Latex on Masonite
Ah-Um show at Luna Rienne Gallery, SF 2016

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