The concept behind my work focuses on creating a dialogue about the displacement and belonging of the Mexican-American culture in the United States through its intersection with various elements used to brand culture such as popular iconography, externally imposed generalizations, and perpetuated stereotypes.
Ricardo "NACO" Gonzalez is an artist from Blue Island, Illinois (near south side Chicago) with a B.F.A. from the American Academy of Art and a current MFA fellowship recipient from Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gonzalez is a teaching/working artist, he often creates artwork to display in alternative spaces. Gonzalez participates in areas/neighborhoods in which inhabitants may not always get exposure to art. The artist teaches in art centers, schools, and informal spaces to better communicate his abilities and pass along his appreciation for the arts. Ricardo's work is often visual art, he paints, draws on various surfaces, pastes on public walls, and creates paper mache scultpures/piñatas.