Ricky Armendariz: In the Belly of the Beast

Essay by Scott Andrews
2014

Born in El Paso, Ricky Armendariz is known for his carved paintings and text-based imagery. The artworks consist of moody depictions in oil on panel of desert sunsets or night skies: subjects much beloved by Romantic painters such as J.M.W. Turner, but Armendariz landscapes contain power dynamics, Native American stories intertwined with Greek mythologies, and a thread of tragedy runs throughout. The text is inscribed in the discourse of the U.S./Mexico border using a dialogue combining both Spanish and English grounding Armendariz in his roots.