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RAD in Kindergarten

 

ABOUT RAD

 

RAD's art changed profoundly when he began to teach art to young children. He saw the world through their eyes, and that empathy developed into concern for their future, free from racism, sexism, homophobia, war, in hopefully an ecologically sound world. He started using child-related imagery in his art as a way to speak to these issues. His work explores the challenges inherent in hoping for a better future.

 

Originally from Los Angeles, RAD is an artist and educator based in Harlem, New York. He majored in Fine Arts and a minor in Art Education from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He has been in several solo and group exhibitions in New York City and abroad. He received a grant from the NYC Citty ARtist Coporation. His most recent artist residency was at Watershed Studios in Galway, Ireland. 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT
 

'TOYLAND WARS' SERIES

Children invent stories while playing with toys to try to make sense of their world. In this story, toys live peacefully in a place called Toyland.

The series is based on the inserurrection of the capital of the United States of America on January 6, 2021. In this "what if" narrative, what if the toy green army sides with the insurectionists, attacking the town in a series of battles, each one gaining closer to their goal of securing city hall. The rest of the toys in Toyland, who normally keep to themselves in their own neighborhoods, for example, dolls, action figures, building toys, board games and stuffies live isolated from each other, must decide to band together and fight their common enemy. Paintings and drawings feature battle scenes in moments of solidarity, success and desperation. 

 

 

 

ABOUT 'RADDINGTON FALLS'

Having immigrated from Cuba, RAD's mother would watch daytime soap operas to learn English. The characters, plots and world building had an impression on RAD at an early age. He eventually developed the idea of fictitious town of Raddington Falls where his cast of LEGO minifigures would live and carry out an ever changing narrative. The town seems ideal on the outside, yet there is more under the surface. It is a story yet to be told.