Ricardo Partida’s work challenges conventional power structures through the creation of exalted alter egos—performative avatars that obscure the artist and the subject. The artist’s paintings frequently explore what the artist terms a “Fag Fatale,” an effeminate man that brings the world to its knees. Partida’s work examines art history and its representation of male desire, particularly gendered visual language and its relationship to the homoerotic gaze.
Ricard Partida was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1990. The artist received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois in 2020 and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2017.
Solo and two-person exhibitions of Partida’s work include: Death of a Hero, Rise of a Champion at Deli Gallery in New York City (2021); Final Fantasy at Julius Cesar Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2020); Evil and Shivering, curated by Caleb Beck at Baby Blue Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2020); and Brave New World at Hinovations Art Gallery in McAllen, Texas (2017).
Group exhibitions and art fairs that have shown Partida’s work include: 1969 Gallery in New York City; Western Exhibitions in Chicago, Illinois; the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois; Monti8 Gallery in Latina, Italy; and NADA House on Governors Island with Baby Blue Gallery in New York City.
Partida lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.