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Ricky is a self-taught artist born in Johannesburg in 1984 and later moved too and worked in Cape Town. He is well known for his large-scale murals that can be seen in cities all over the world, from New York to Istanbul and Madagascar to Kathmandu.
Having painted under the pseudonym Freddy Sam (his two grandfathers names combined) since 2010, he has now chosen to work under his real name. His paintings explore the nature of non-duality and interconnectedness focusing on bringing to light relevant social issues. His intention with his murals is to create artwork that has meaning to the community who will live with the mural and to represent a universal idea that everyone can identify with and be inspired by. His studio work has become the antithesis of his public murals as it allows for a more meditative environment to create and allows for him to explore deeper into his ideas without compromise.
His achievements in public art have made it on CNN, Mail & Guardian’s ‘200 young people in SA who make a difference’, Winner of the International Art and healing network award for 2011 and National Geographic’s list of ‘11 street art greats’ alongside the likes of Banksy.

Having never studied, in 2016 Ricky accepted a scholarship for a 3-year atelier program at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative art.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

2016
Art4writes - Amnesty international group exhibition.Commissioned to paint an artwork raising attention for Edward Snowden’s human rights case.
BONOBO - Commission for album launch
Museum group show - Entry Point: Exploring The New Contemporary Movement - Fullerton Museum Center California , Curated by Thinkspace Gallery
Group exhibition - One Year Anniversary -Athen B Gallery Oakland, USA
United Artists mural project - Kiev, Ukrain
Memorie Urbane mural festival - Gaeta, Italy
Notacrime Campaign mural project - New York, USA
WAC Big Walls: Columbia College mural project - Chicago, USA
DO ART Foundation mural commission - Los Angeles, USA
Athen B gallery x RVCA mural project - Oakland, USA
Museum group show - Exploring The New Contemporary Movement Pow Wow - Honolulu Museum of Art Hawaii, Curated by Thinkspace Gallery
Pow Wow Hawaii mural festival - Honolulu, Hawaii

2015
La Zona Residency - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Artesano Mural festival - Nagua, Dominican Republic
Amnesty international - Art4writes exhibition and mural - New Orleans, USA
Walk & Talk public art festival – Azores, Portugal
Matharan Green art festival – Mumbai, India
Solo Exhibition: THE ABSTRACT AND THE ABSOLUTE, Dangerfork Gallery - Melbourne, Australia
Everfresh artist residency - Melbourne, Australia
Solo Exhibition: THE NATURE OF OUR PRESENCE, Worldart Gallery - Cape Town, South Africa

2014
FESTIVAl D ART URBAIN ANTANANARIVO - Antananarivo, Madagascar
Nelson Mandela tribute mural commission – Johannesburg, South Africa
Bronza Age, group exhibition – Cape Town, South Africa
Peace Revolution artist meditation residency - Bangkok, Thailand
Commission artwork for Google

2013
WWF Earth Hour, mural commission – Cape Town / Johannesburg
Global Power Shift conference, mural commission – Istanbul, Turkey
Muralist festival, public art festival – Istanbul, Turkey
Kolor Kathmandu public art festival – Kathmandu, Nepal
Wall Therapy, public art festival – Rochester NY, USA
The Philadelphia Mural Art Program, mural commission – Philadelphia, USA
Living Walls, public art festival – Atlanta, USA
Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga, mural project – Kigali, Rwanda
Do Art Foundation ‘Urban Art’, Group exhibition – LA, USA

2012
Open Walls, public art festival – Baltimore, USA
Maboneng Township Experience public art project – Gugulethu Cape Town, South Africa
Acrylic Walls, mural project – Johannesburg / Cape Town, South Africa
A WORD OF ART gallery, ‘Ways of seeing’ exhibition – Cape Town, South Africa

2011
Coachella Music Festival live painting – LA, USA
I ART SA – Johannesburg / Cape Town, South Africa
Wall Therapy, public art festival - Rochester NY, USA
Ritual Gallery, group exhibition – NY, USA
Happy Studios, residency – Portland Oregon
Living Walls, public art festival – Atlanta, USA
World Art Gallery “Urban Aesthetic” exhibition with Paul Senyol – Cape Town, South Africa
Wide Open Walls, mural project – The Gambia


SELECTED ACCOLADES

2014
Selected as part of a list of ‘11 street art greats’ on National Geographic alongside the likes of Banksy.

2013
International Arts and Healing Network Prize
Shortlisted for the IAPA International Award for Excellence in Public Art

2012
Feature interview on CNN

2011
British Council young creative entrepreneur award
Mail and Guardian top 200 young people in SA

CURATORIAL

2014 – 2015: Colour Ikamva
Re-imagining education through creativity and self-empowerment. - Co-Founder, Creative director
See more at: http://www.colourikamva.co.za

2008 - 2014: /A WORD OF ART
Art project space, residency, gallery - Founder, Creative director
See more at: http://A-word-of-art.withtank.com