Ryder Richards was born in 1977 and raised in Roswell, New Mexico. He currently lives and works in the Dallas area as an artist, writer, and occasional curator. He earned a BFA in Painting with a minor in Architecture from Texas Tech University and a MFA from Texas Christian University. He is the co-founder of the RJP Nomadic Gallery, The Art Foundation, and Culture Laboratory Collective. He is also the founder of EUTOPIA: Contemporary Art Review. Ryder has participated in many national and international exhibitions and residencies and continues to examine power structures and social/political interactions in an attempt to consider bias.
Ryder Richards was a fellow at Roswell Artist-in-Residence from September 2012 until August 2013, held the art department chair at Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX, and is now an independent artist and creative director.
Richards has exhibited at the Bellevue Museum, Seattle; Roswell Museum, Roswell, NM; Olm Space, Switzerland; Public Address, Brooklyn; Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessolanica, Greece; Antena, Chicago; Falling Water, Pennsylvania; Cornell University, Ithaca; Monkskirche, Tangermunde, Germany; Studio Kura, Japan; C2 Pottery Gallery, China; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio; ArtPace, San Antonio; The Luminary, St. Louis ; Lawndale, Houston; Amarillo Museum of Art; San Diego Art Institute; The London Art Fair; University of Oklahoma; as well as The Power Station, The Reading Room, Beefhaus, and Gray Matters in Dallas. He has participated in The Texas Biennial 2011 and 2013 and the Dallas Biennial 2012 and 2014.
He has public art works in the collection of El Centro College and Richland College, Dallas. Richards has works in the permanent collections of The Anderson Contemporary Museum, Roswell Museum, McNeese University, Richland College, and several private collectors.
Growing up in Texas and New Mexico lends itself towards stereotype. Examining tendencies toward reputational honor and identity as power, as well as the socio-cultural systems that enable them, is foundational in my work.
Often embracing cultural constructs with equal amounts sincerity and subversion, the work explores a variety of topics in an effort to discuss the pressures -and resultant response- of the individual within a dominant (often violent) culture.
With several facets to my practice (writing, curating, and several collaborations) many of my projects are research based. Specific pieces are performative works based around invisible labor within the art world, while others might take the form of tightly rendered drawings, paintings, or installations commenting on high-modernism’s relationship to authority. For a time my work investigated the aesthetics of civil unrest involving institutional power dynamics and civilian rebuttals, which has lead to an increased investigation of DIY culture and class identity.
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