18th Street Pilsen Open Studios
Every participating artist is asked to talk about their connection to Pilsen. And if new to the neighborhood, to describe what drew them here.
This is what Ricardo shares with us:
"I've been connected to the Pilsen neighborhood since 2006 and my involvement through the Education Department at the National Museum of Mexican Art. I've collaborated with educators in the neighborhood through my teaching artist practice and connected with other fellow artists to exhibit and practice our craft."
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ARTIST BIO & STATEMENT
Ricardo Xavier Serment is an artist and educator native to Chicago and born to Mexican parents from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He received his BFA from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in printmaking and his Master of Education at Dominican University. Currently serving his community in the Gage Park neighborhood in Chicago Public Schools teaching Art classes at various grade levels. Presently, Ricardo resides in Pilsen and formerly was a Museum Educator at the National Museum of Mexican Art. He also continues a dedicated practice towards creating new works of art, including collaborations with other artists and organizations. Ricardo is a founding member of a small print collaborative, the Instituto Gráfico de Chicago; which he established fellow colleagues in an effort engage in national and international printmaking collaborations.
With regard to his work, Ricardo is knowledgeable in media such as painting, papier-mâché, mosaics, and bookbinding, but mostly focuses on works on paper. His prints draw from personal and cultural experiences in order to create visual narratives; and they have been exhibited throughout the US and in the Mexico. More locally, specific pieces can be found in private collections, as well as the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Wheaton College, and Fort Wayne Museum of Art.