Ralph Almeida has been influenced by, and pays homage to, the great modern artists and their geometric forms, but nature is his greatest muse. His multi-media works are an expression of an individual’s capacity to be at one in his endless world. He has been inspired by indigenous art forms, such as totems, which he regards as a desire for a higher place, an elevated mind, or an altered state. His work is a mosaic of post-human style and is an evolution of his years as a textile designer.
Almeida’s pictographic motifs use linear precision as he connects us to a universe filled with pulsating colors, warm rhythms and vital forms. His lyrical, imagination is adeptly conveyed through the use of mixed media and becoming techniques#. The constant movement and textural changes evoke a pop-surreal confection that delights the senses. There is a clear dual purposes to his compositions. Through a sensory awakening he crafts a path that suggests his underlying plan is to deconstruct the ancient and create a contemporary reality, through a voice that is at once universal and deeply personal.
Background: 1990 -2015
Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY: Introduction to Glass Blowing
Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, NY: Studied Printmaking, Oil Painting, Art History, Computer Graphics, Textile Design, and Painting on Silk.
Lighthouse Stained Glass Venice, Ca.: Studied Stained Glass Technique
Aardvark Clay Studios Las Vegas, NV, Studied Fused Glass
Ralph Almeida was born in Connecticut and is of Portuguese descent.
He moved to New York in 1984 and shortly after began studying Textile Design and Fine Arts at The Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2000 he received an Honorarium for the Public Art Program “Cow Parade” in NYC. Currently he continues to expand on his mixed-media ventures by exhibiting his work at various retail venues, designing ceramic tiles and glass blowing. In the past Almeida has free-lanced as a textile designer, worked as an assistant art director on two independent films, taught art classes, and has illustrated his own children’s book. He now works at the Tenement Museum in NYC where he designs and produces proprietary and other museum items. He has exhibited broadly in NYC, New Delhi, India, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Connecticut, and California.
Almeida draws from elements of textile design to create work that is richly textured, vibrant and exhibits a level of mastery of the medium.
Huz Galleries: Art Walk ‘15 San Pedro CA.
Artist Project Cherry Grove: 66th Annual ‘14 Fire Island, NY.
Café Vida Gallery: One Man Show‘13, Pacific Palisades, Ca.
Bolivar: Nature’s Way ‘11, Santa Monica, Ca.
Blue 7 Gallery: Pico Art Walk ‘10, Santa Monica , Ca.
Electric Lodge: Venice Solo ‘10, Venice, Ca.
Seidman Gallery: Group Show ‘10, Santa Monica, Ca.
The Basement Gallery : The Works of Amasha & Almeida ‘10, Echo Park, Ca.
World Market Center: “ Recent Works” ‘09, Las Vegas, NV.
Gumbo: “Artwalk” ‘08, NY, NY.
The Hell Gate Social: “To Live and Paint in Astoria” ’08, NY, NY.
Atlantic Antic: “Paintings & Tiles” ’07, NY. NY.
Bolivar Gallery: “Landscape & Mythology” ’06, Santa Monica, CA.
T.Heritage: “Group Show” ’05, Santa Monica, CA.
Pagoda Artworks: “On the West Coast” ’04, Santa Monica, CA.
Studio 91: “Open Studio” ’03, NY, NY.
The Howl Festival: “Paintings and Prints” ’03, NY, NY.
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center: “Unity Canvas” ’02, NY, NY.
Russian Embassy Cultural Center: “Expressions of Culture” ’02, Wash,DC.
Museum of Contemporary Art: “I.A.S.G. at M.O.C.A.” ’01, Wash, D.C.
Culture Project: One Man Show “For the Birds” ’01, New York, NY.
Abraham Lubelski Gallery: “Subculture Presents” ’99, New York, NY.
National Academy of Contemporary Art: “I.A.S.G. in India” ’98, New Delhi, India
Museum of Contemporary Art: “Holiday Show” ’97, Washington, DC.
LaMaMa La Galleria: “Universal Diversity” ’97, New York, NY
Leslie-Lohman Gallery: “Universal Diversity 3” ’95, New York, NY
Silvermine Artists Guild: “Art of Northeast” ‘93, New Caanan, CT.
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition: “Spring Show” ’92, Bklyn, NY.