RICARDO CAVOLO | Madrid, Spain
Ricardo Cavolo is a Spanish artist, whose style, with a great sense of humor, is a fantastic mixture of religious art, Russian criminal tattoos, South American flora, nautical themes, and naïve outsider art. Ricardo also draws inspiration from tattoos and their visual aspect. Seeing tattoos as codes and a way of speaking a new language, characters living in his paintings are depicted in his own graphic alphabet. A perfect tool that creates little stories inside another, bigger story, tattoos, like magical symbols and talismans, explain the whole life of characters, being a biography in the skin.
Cavolo’s distinguishable flash-style tattoo inspired and bold creations, usually made with traditional techniques and materials such as watercolors, inks and acrylics, depict misfit characters in Frida Kahlo-esque folk art tones and bring them into a contemporary context with details like glasses, tattoos and bikes. Through all of his works, Ricardo uses bright blues and reds to decorate his characters. His large body of work include murals, a painted ukulele, customized sneakers and painted logs. Ricardo Cavolo now shares his time between Brighton, UK and Madrid, Spain.