Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga

Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga approaches art as a social practice that seeks to establish dialogue in public spaces. Having been born of immigrant parents and grown up between Nicaragua and San Francisco, a strong awareness of inequality and discrimination was established at an early age. Themes such as immigration, discrimination, gentrification and the effects of globalization extend from highly subjective experiences and observations into works that tactfully engage others through populist metaphors while maintaining critical perspectives. Ricardo has established a socially investigative creative practice that utilizes whatever media possible to present content in a manner that may generate interaction and discussion by others.

Ricardo has a Masters of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Practice of Art and English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. He is based in Brooklyn, NY and is an Associate Professor of Art at The College of New Jersey Ricardo’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include:
Return to Function, 2009 Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; Im_polis, 2007, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City; Russia: Significant Other, 2006, The National Center for Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia; FALLOUT: What’s Left, 2005/06 Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA; inSite_05: Tijuana Calling; Time Shift Ars Electronica 2004, Linz, Austria; Digitafogia, tactical media festival at Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Counter Culture at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC; artport, gatepage web initiative of the Whitney Museum.

Ricardo has also been awarded several awards and honors including a New York Foundation for the Arts 2007 Fellowship, Tides Foundation Lambent Fellowship (2006-2009), Turbulence Commission, New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. Commission (2004); Future of the Present Artist Fellowship from Franklin Furnace (2003); Artist in Residence at Harvestworks Media Center (2002); Electronic Media and Film Program, New York State Artists Grant Award (2003).

Below/Abajo: Carreta Nagua, Siglo 21

Carreta Nagua, Siglo 21 (2007) In the colonial park, Alameda Central located in the historical center of Mexico City, I offer free rickshaw rides. Once the passengers settle into the rickshaw, they watch an animation that tells a tale of immigration, aging and cultural and familial loss. It is an animation based on the current reality of my parents. Carreta Nagua, Siglo 21 is commissioned for the festival TRANSITIO_MX02.

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