Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, 1980
Lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Describing himself as an “ontologist with a heuristic methodology,” Rico interrelates found objects and materials, reworking them to create sculptures that invite the viewer to reflect on the relation between human beings and their natural environment. He sometimes uses neon, ceramics, taxidermy mounts, branches of trees, and even more personal objects from his own past to create an equation or formulation, achieving a precise geometry in spite of the unwieldy organic nature of his materials. Rico’s installations combine natural and anti-natural forms, handled poetically and ironically, with an insistence on the necessary contemplation of their asymmetry, as well as of our own cultural and political defects.



BA in Architecture for the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), Mexico.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Unity in Variety, ICA San Diego, USA.
I May Use an Electric Drill, But I Also Use a Hammer, OMR, Mexico City, Mexico.

Nature Loves to Hide, Perrotin – Saint Claude, Paris, France.

The Stone, The Branch, and the Golden Geometry, Galerie Perrotin, Seoul, KR.
The Discipline of the Cave, Aspen Art Museum, curated by Heidi Zuckerman, Aspen, CO, USA.

ONE LAW FOR THE LION & THE OX IS OPPRESSION, Galerie Perrotin, New York City, USA.
Proximidad, Fábrica Cerámica Suro, Guadalajara, Mexico. The Power Station, Dallas, USA.
DEAD, DEAD, LIVE DEAD, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, USA.

VIS VIVA, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan-do, South Korea.

B@V, Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, MX.
ZEA MAYS , MAZ (Zapopan Art Museum), Jalisco, MX

CREATIO EX MATERIA, Cuadro 22 Gallery, Chur, CH.
B@V, Ex Escuela de Cristo, Aguascalientes, MX.
La Cuchara & El Ladrillo, Public Libraries Virgilio Barco & El Tintal, Bogota, CO
SUPERPOSICION, The Museum of the City, Guadalajara, MX.

B@V, CEART Centro de Arte Tomás & Valiente, Madrid, ES.
B@V, Program 12×12  selected by the curators Guillermo Santamarina & Itala Schmelz @ MASIN, Culiacán Sinaloa, MX.

Lo que me da forma… lo que me contiene, Gallery Curro, Guadalajara, MX.

Elevando el espacio a la dignidad de atributo de dios, University of Guanajuato, MX.

Todas las formas de arte en una misma entidad, La Vitrina, Guadalajara, MX.
Dela IM Laboratorio CV930, Museum of Arts at the University of Guadalajara, MX.

Group Exhibitions

Wonderland, Perrotin, Shanghai, China.
Take me to, Max Goelitz, Munich, Germany.
Momentum, Collection Museum Voorlinden, Museum Voorlinden, Wassennar, The Netherlands.
The Quitessence of Consciusness, Curated by Degard, The Royal College of Art, South Kensigton, London.
Recover/Uncover, MASA Galería, Mexico City, Mexico.
Instantánea 2020, Curated by Goevana Ibarra and organized by Rayo de Jalisco, Antigua Fábrica KODAK, Zapopan, Mexico.

The Nature Morte / Nature Vivante, Cid au Gran-Horny, Belgium.
ESTAR VIVO É O CONTRÁRIO DE ESTAR MORTO, Curated by Guilherme Blanc & Luísa Saraiva, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Portugal.
The Unbearable Impermanence of Things, Curated by Libby Barbee, Vicki Myhren Gallery, Denver, CO. USA.
BUSCH Magazine first edition, Berlin Avus Tribüne, Germany.
GOOD MOVES, Power Station Dallas, Texas, USA.
Doble Filo: Geografías y Palabras, Curated by Felix Suazo, Coral Gables
Museum, Coral Gables, Florida.
No church in the wild, Curated by Hiram Constantino, Otro Espacio,
Guadalajara, Mexico.
Flora / Fauna, Curated by Calli Moore, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, NY, EUA.
Biennale Arte 2019: May You Live In Interesting Time, Curated by Ralph Rugoff, Biennale di Venezia, Italy.
GOLDEN HOUR (MUMO Musèe Mobile), Curated by Ingrid Brochard, Lille, France.
Room for Failure, Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Miami, USA.
Presque Rien, Curated by Marie-Paule De Vil & Peter De Meyer, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Antwepen & Knokke, Belgium.

Unstable Stillness, Perrotin, Hong Kong, CN.
CONFIGURATIONS, curated by Claudia Paetzold, IKLAB, Tulum, MX.
Cycles of Collapsing Progress, curated by Karina El Helou and Anissa Touati, Rashid Karami International Fair, Tripoli, LB.
Mrs. Spring Fragrance, COMA Gallery, Sydney, AU.
Almost Solid Light: New Work From Mexico, Paul Kasmin Gallery, organized in collaboration with Mario Navarro, New York City, USA.
Le Sud BB, curated by Anissa Touati, Hanger J1, Marseille, FR.
Rooftop Playground, selection by Constance Breton and Michael Fuchs Gallery, Berlin, DE.
Supersimetrica, Matadero, Madrid, ES.

The Queen Falls, Galería OMR, Curated by Anissa Touati & Marc-Olivier Wahler, Mexico City, MX.
DIY Fiction, ArteCareyes, Curated by Jeovana Ibarra, MX.

+52 Paisaje Recientes, CALOSA Foundation, Curated by Paulina Ascencio, MX.
¿Cómo te voy a olvidar?, Galerie Perrotin, curated by Peggy Laboeuf & Annisa Touati, Paris, FR.
The Spring Exhibition, Charlottenborg Fonden, Copenhagen, DK.
Fine words butter no parsnips however fine parsnips can butter words, Present
Co., curated by Alejandro Almanza, New York City, USA.
Reconstrucción, Abraham Cruzvillegas Project, MAZ (Zapopan Arte Museum), Jalisco, MX.

The Empty Fox Hole, HISK, Gent, BE.
Fall Out, Gallery Whitdel Arts, Detroit, USA
8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea Ceramic Foundation, South Korea.
MAP OF THE NEW ART, Fundazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, IT.

Leviatan Arquitectura & Arte, Raúl Anguiano Art Museum, Jalisco, MX.
Presentando lo irrespresentable Gabriel Rico & Octavio Abundez, Curro & Poncho Gallery, Guadalajara, MX.

Artesano / Artista 3.0, MAP (Museum of the Popular Arts), curated by Walther Boelsterly, Mexico City, MX.
COUP de VILLE – Attracted by another level, curated by Stef Van Bellingen, St. Nikklas, BE.
Tinnitus & fosfenos, MAZ (Zapopan Arte Museum), curated by Viviana Kuri & Carlos Ashida, Guadalajara, MX.

Manifest Aanwezig, curated by Annemie Can Laethem, Castle Aspremonte Lynden, Oud Rekem, Belgium.
Play Panopticon, Seoul Art Space Gumcheon, Seoul, South Korea.

Compilación del archive bastardo, La Gerlería de Comercio, Mexico City, MX.
Shadowing Cities, curated by Fiona Weir & Ans Karen Ruimte, Beweging, Rotterdam, NL.
Lightworks, Grimsby Minister, London, UK..
Grange Gardens Sculpture Project, GALERIE8, London, UK.

Tenemos tanto tiempo y tan poco que hacer, CAM Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, MX.
TOTEM, Tree amigos, Abarrotera Mexicana, Guadalajara, MX.

Firulais, Museo de la Cuidad, curated by Cristián Silva, Guadalajara, MX.
Las mujeres de mi padre, curated by Cristián Silva, Raúl Anguiano Museum, Guadalajara, MX.

Mexican Modern Art, Universidad de Guanajuato, MX.

Xoconoxtle, Liga Project, Guadalajara, MX.
Quadrophoniadelayentropicjaicu, Tree amigos, Panteón de Belén, Guadalajara, MX.

Artist Residencies, Fellowships, Awards

Selected by the ASU Art Museum & CALA Alliance in Arizone to be part of its program of residencies for International Artists during 2017.
Selected by the GCC (Gyeonggi Creation Center) to be part of its program of residencies for International Artists during 2015/2016.
Honorable mention at the 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Republic of South Korea.
Selected by the CAMAC Center of Art, Science & Technology to take a residency and continue the development of the project “La fragilidad del espacio en la era post biological” 2014.

Selected by the Ténot Foundation Bursary for Artists to receive a fellowship applied to art production during the year 2014.
Binational fellowship in the annual AIR program for production 2013-2014 FONCA/CONACULTA and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.
Selected by the Frans Mesereel Centrum to take a research residency, this residency is aimed at the research of the graphic medium, 2013.
Selected by SASG (Seoul Art Space Geumcheon) to be part of its program of residencies for international artists during 2012.

Invited by the DMZ International Peace Residency, Dongguk University, to take a residency in the Border area in DMZ at the Artsonje
Center, Cheorwon-gun, South Korea.
Selected by the Prince Claus Foundation Fund to receive a production award in 2011.
Selected by the PECDA or Jalisco State Fund for the Culture and Arts in its program Young Creators in the editions 2010-2011 & 2014-2015.
Selected by curators Jan Hoet & Stef Van Bellingen to be part of the portfolioappointment & take a residence in 2010 in the town of San Nicolas, Belgium during the WARP contemporary art platform.


Korean Ceramic Fundation (KOCEF), South Korea.
Patricia Marshall Collection, USA.
ArtNexus Foundation, Colombia/USA.
Associated collection Centro de Arte Tomas & Valiente/Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Spain.
Frans Mesereel Centrum (FMC) Belgium.
Museo de Arte de Sinaloa (MASIN), México.
Associated collection Charpenel/MUAC, México.