Refreshing and Inspiring.
“His devotion to his craft has attracted a following of art enthusiast among members of the private and public sector. As he continues to explore provoking themes with his own sensibility, one can continually look forward to anticipate fresh ideas from Richard " - Candice Sobers (Artist).
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 conceptualisations deduce more than what meets the naked eye. My art delves 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.
R i c h a r d R a m p e r s a d
Unparalleled craftsmanship and soul.
"Richard Rampersad' s paintings are a contrast of abstract, vivid color against studies of the human form, mainly women alone and in emotional states. His canvases speak to challenges of Caribbean life without the cliches of the day"- Adele Todd (Conceptual Artist)
Magnificent. Simply magnificent.
"Richard Rampersad's paintings are expressive with bold gestures that articulate strong evocative feelings that span the gamit of emotion.There is pain and love, and trauma and endurance, but mostly there is vulnerability –a willingness to risk it all for the truth" - Opal Palmer Adisa.
Ph.D. Editor of Interviewing the Caribbean, Writer, Curator and Professor.
Richard Rampersad is a nationally recognised artist who specialises in figurative painting and Ceramics.
His patrons include many distinguished members of the private sector as well as corporate, academic, religious and cultural personalities.
Rampersad was born in the year 1990 and grew up in the suburbs of Valsayn. He began his art education at the University of the West Indies, pursuing a Certificate in Visual Arts and then moved on to obtain his degree in Fine Arts with First Class Honours.
His artistic expression goes beyond pictorial representation and becomes the affirmation of one whose ontological foundation expresses the will to use the media as a vehicle to convey an idea or narrative. “I seek to make an advancement in the visual understanding of my figures and in how this subject matter can be rendered”. There is indeed a strong awareness for the 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 non-orthodox style of rendering my subject matter supersedes naturalistic accuracy”. He is indeed a promising, pervasive and all- encompassing artist, whose works merit close watching.