Richard Rampersad is a nationally recognized artist from the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago who specializes in figurative painting and ceramics. Born in 1990, he grew up in the suburbs of Valsayn, Trinidad and began his art education at the University of the West Indies, pursuing a Degree in Visual Arts where he received First Class Honours. His achievements throughout his artistic career have made him an influential figurative painter in the Contemporary Caribbean Art realm. His collectors include many distinguished members of private society as well as corporate, academic, religious and cultural personalities.
His artistic expression goes beyond pictorial representation and there is a strong awareness of contrast of tone and a conspicuous depiction of light, whether subdued or intense.
His graphic statements are capable of speaking very clearly to us about our current concerns and is a “joy” to the observer. The arrangement of his subject is somewhat schematic, inviting the viewer to move into a space of speculation. Questioning the real and the surreal.
“My imagery responds to the realistic and/or abstract nature of an idea or narrative. My fascination for anything I see, feel or experience propels me to do what I do and informs how I do it, as my art is a true mirror to my mind I take pleasure in doing what I do and I believe my conceptualizations deduce more than what meets the naked eye. It is looking into the deepest recesses of the human heart and soul.
As a composer in the visual realm, my motivation to breathe life to an image comes from a variety of things or an aspect of one entity, interrogated heartlessly. I am not bound by realism and being a non-linear thinker drives my art making and creative decisions. Ambivalence is a key feature in my visual discourses as what may seem as joy to one might be pain to another.” – RR
He is indeed a promising artist for contemporary art collectors and his career merits close observation.
First Class Honours Award in Visual Art, University of the West Indies (2013)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
- 2015 – Winner Digicel Art Competition
- 2016 – Winner in Unit Trust Divali Art competition
- 2009 – The University of the West Indies
- 2013 – The University of the West Indies
- 2013 – Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago
- 2014 – Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago
- 2014 – Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago
- 2015 – Medulla Art Gallery (Special Exhibition)
- 2015 – Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago
- 2016 – Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago
- Akimbo Art Gallery, Port of Spain, T&T
- On Location Art Gallery, Port of Spain, T&T
PUBLICATIONS & PRESS