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The Seriously Comedic World of Ricky Bernstein
                                                                             Ricky with "Voila"

What Ricky Bernstein does best is tell visual stories.  Vibrantly colorful and emotionally engaging, his work is often described as energetic representational painting.  His oversize cartoon graphics pull us into familiar domestic dramas that humanely poke fun at our past and present lives.  Using a mélange of materials, Ricky composes narrative collage-style wall reliefs with a distinct pop-art flavor.  Common stories take on larger than life proportion, inviting us to witness a compelling slice of Americana in still life sit-com.
  

Flavored with a gentle satirical humor, Ricky's approach to social commentary embodies warmth and humanity while remaining fun and delightful.   

 "He makes us comfortable with amusing characters while simultaneously posing serious questions in these satirical comments on modern life.  Whether parody, narrative or farce, the issues Bernstein poses are well worth our serious consideration."

Bruce Pepich - Director and Chief Curator of the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

 

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