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On View Now: Palos Verdes Art Center and Building Bridges Art Exchange Present Two New Exhibitions

On view now at Palos Verdes Art Center are two new exhibitions. "A Garden of Excesses" and "COLLABORATIONS: prints from Mixografia."

"A Garden of Excesses" is a solo exhibition by the Cuban artist Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios, presented in partnership with Building Bridges Art Exchange.

The exhibition features paintings, drawings, and monumental inflatable sculptures by the artist. The exhibition is curated by PVAC director Joe Baker and Marisa Caichiolo, director of Building Bridges Art Exchange and BBAX curator Evelyn Pener.

Rios will be in residence at PVAC during the installation and first week of his exhibition to create a new art work and discuss his process.

Born in Olguin, Cuba, Rios studied art at Institution Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba as well as Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. He currently lives in Mexico. Rios' massive paintings and deft drawings blend organic, vegetal forms with allusions to the erotic in fantastic displays of sensual excess. Expressed in vibrant colors with a quick, sure hand, or made using his body to apply paint, his meld of Expressionist and Neobaroque explorations appear part abstraction and part dreamscape, recalling the theatrical presence celebrated in the Spanish Baroque.

His two-dimensional pieces, which began as supporting works to his sculptural oeuvre, will be represented during the opening weekend with an installation of Rios' monumental inflatable sculptures. Now fully endowed with their own presence, the expressive paintings and drawings presented in A Garden of Excesses: Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios will present the viewer with a celebration of sensuality.