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Meet Ric One of Orlando

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ric One.

Hi Ric, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I grew up in the west coast of Puerto Rico, a place that’s rich in culture and love for art and color. I’m a product of the environment. As a teenager, the walls of abandoned factories in the town of Aguadilla, PR, or as we called it “the hall of paint” were my playground.

Something that started as something fun and daring as a teenager turned into a professional career. My love for art grew and the desire to take it to another level where others could see it and appreciate it. I started with 3D writing combined with wild style and then went into portraits and landscape. Street art and graffiti is more than art, is my form of expression. I love seeing people’s reaction when they see my art and taking pictures with the murals I painted makes me feel that they appreciate my work. But I also find it meaningful being able to communicate a message through art. From a small mural inside a kid with special needs bedroom that will help him feel calm and happy to a big scale mural that represents the strength of our city after going through a terrible tragedy like “Pulse 2016”. The purpose of my work is to deliver a message in a different form that does not need to be spoken…therefore, my slogan is “no pintamos por pintar” which means that we paint not just to paint but with a meaning to it.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
No, this road has been far from smooth. Establishing myself in the city of Orlando as a street artist during a time when street art was not as accepted by the society in general and was seen like vandalism was very challenging. The perception of painting art with a spray can vs. a brush was almost taboo. It was not easy to obtain permits from the city to perform this type of art. Communities would complaint about street art near residential areas saying that it would change the look and depreciate the value of their homes. But things drastically changed when the city opened up opportunities for artists like myself and created art festivals and events to promote this form of art. Businesses also decided to fight vandalism by allowing art to be expressed on their business’ walls by their rules. So that benefited them in multiple ways; it turned into an attraction and solved or reduced the vandalism problem. Businesses like Sam Flax which is one of the biggest art suppliers in Orlando promoted events and competition of street art making it attractive to the community and changing the perception of this type of art.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have over 20 years of experience in Urban Art using spray paint. My specialties include: Realistic Portraits, Graffiti Letters, and Backgrounds. I’m truly passionate about my work doing indoor murals whose purpose is to decorate the space and commercial outdoor murals whose purpose is advertising. Being part of the Osceola county “Art is Now” project was an honor. The purpose of this project is to beautify the city and attract tourism to boost economy. I was chosen out of 10 different artists. It’s special because it makes me feel I’m contributing in a way to the city and it also opened other opportunities for me by putting my “mark” out there. When expressing my art, my goal is to deliver a message that does not need to be spoken, so I put a lot of thought into it to make sure it will be something that’s unique and project the message wanted.

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2 Comments

  1. Flavor

    February 23, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    RicOne estamos bien orgullosos de ti y lo que sigues logrando. Love you Flavor Hotcru y Yei

  2. Pablo Santiago

    February 23, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve followed Ric’s art for many years here and in Puerto Rico and he’s come a long way. His walls are amazing. He’s one of the finest street artist in Orlando without a doubt. Thank you for this great interview.

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