Am I My Body?
I've come to realize this with other facts, realities!
There is more!
Which is why I must alter my consciousness
more and more ...
Which is why I shall, must,
resolve this recent awareness!!!
Ricardo Santaña Villeñueva Peñalver (1937-1995) (Pen-yaal-vair) is the quintessential outsider artist of his generation. He dedicated his entire life to painting and drawing.
In the 1970s, this creative genius was prolific. He sold his art successfully and commissioned his work. He created posters and street flyers promoting musicians like Miles Davis and Cal Tjader.
He championed social issues and was a friend and ally to George Moscone, Mayor of San Francisco and California State Senator.
Born April 4, 1937 in San Antonio, Texas; Ricardo referred to August 11, 1979 as his 'other birthday'. His life was permanently altered after being shot and robbed while trading gold bullion in San Francisco. He was rendered a paraplegic.
The ensuing years were challenging as he depicted his transition from 'walking to wheels' in hundreds of paintings. He taught himself to paint left handed as he persevered to regain the use of his dominant hand. Ricardo's triumph culminated in 1988 with the unveiling of Seated Man Dancing, his post-paralysis
Alexa Bryson, Ricardo Peñalver's lifelong companion and partner has always been cognizant of the importance and mastery of his ingenious art.
For nearly half a century, Alexa has dedicated her life to promoting Ricardo's Art. She is the authoritative expert, historian
and curator of his work.
Her dedicated resolve has produced alliances with corporations, governmental agencies, charitable organizations, consumer products companies and private collectors.
2019 Affordable Art for the World; Fine Art America - RicardosArt37 Gallery
2018 Woolsey Wildfire – 6 major Peñalver paintings destroyed in fire; Mask, Spring Wizardry, Body of Spheres, Para Tí, Balance and Magnificent Sphere Power
2006-2009 Owls Pals™, ancillary merchandise; including stop motion animation film
2005 Owls Pals™, Benefit Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center of Seattle
2004 Peñ’s Pals Soft Sculpted Owls, Toys for Tots, Bellevue
2003-2004 Peñ’s Pals Soft Sculpted Owls, More than just stuffed toys … They’reArt!
2002 Peñ’s Pals Calendar, California Governor’s Committee for Employment of DisabledPersons
2002 KPIX-TVCBS, San Francisco, Peñ’s Pals Public Service Announcements for the California Governor’s Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons
2001 ABILITY Magazine, Portrait of an Artist
2000 ABILITY Magazine, Thank You to Microsoft
2000 Christopher & Dana Reeve, Personal Communique
2000 Microsoft, Holiday Gift; Seated Man Dancing, Petite Peñalver, Limited Edition Lithograph
2000 Artemis Gallery, Seattle
2000 RicardosArt.com launched
1998 Alexa Bryson Art, LLC, Bellevue; founded to promote and celebrate the life work of Ricardo Peñalver
1995 Ricardo passes
1989 One Man Show - Alexa Bryson Gallery, San Anselmo
1979 Ricardo is robbed, shot and paralyzed. He will live the remainder of his life as a paraplegic
1979-1975 Friend and Liaison of George Moscone , Mayor of SanFrancisco and CA State Senator
1978-1979 Interpreter, San Francisco General Hospital
1976 LULAC Foundation Opening Ceremonies, Poet, Dorinda Morales dedicates La Nina Lina en East LA - Peñalver Power to Ricardo Peñalver
1976 Artist Studio, LULAC Foundation, San Francisco
1974 PeñAlexa Studio, San Francisco, Affordable Art for the World
1974 Miles Davis Poster, Keystone Korner, San Francisco
1974 Captive Arts, Sausalito
1974 Nanny Goat Hill Gallery, San Francisco
1974 KPIX-TV CBS, Solesvida, Marcos Gutierrez, SanFrancisco
1973 Cal Tjader Posters & Handbills, San Francisco
1973 Luis Gasca & Mongo Santamaria Great American Music Hall Poster, San Francisco
1973 Jacaranda Gallery, San Francisco
1973 Captive Arts Gallery, Sausalito
1973 Huracane Productions, San Francisco
1972 Fantasy Records - Maló
1972 KEMO-TV, San Francisco
1972 Garfield Park Music Festival, Poster, Art Show, San Francisco
1972 Orphanage Club, Mural, San Francisco
1971 KRON-TV NBC, San Francisco
1971 The Chicano Moratorium, East LA
1970 Horizon Project, Treatment Director, City of New York, under the direction of Mayor John Lindsay
1969 Discharge and Release from Superior Court of the State of California in and for County of Los Angeles
1961-1965 Vice Chairman Inmate Council, San Quentin Prison
1960-1961 San Quentin, School
1957-1959 Soledad Prison, School
Thalo Blue; right handed portrait, 1975 pre-dates Balance; (home page) left handed portrait, 1988
This concept was a dream Ricardo and I shared in 1977 while operating PEÑALEXA Studio. Now, more than 40 years later our dream is a reality with the aid of print-on-demand technology.
Our collaboration with Fine Art America allows you to affordably purchase Ricardo's paintings as reproductions and a variety of merchandise options showcasing his art.
Use the link below to connect with Fine Art America. Hit the Shop ICON and enter RicardosArt37