Rick Garcia, an award winning Santa Barbara based oil painter has been painting the California central coast since the mid 1990’s but his inspiration harkens back to a much earlier time. Born in 1953, he spent his early years soaking up the beauty of the back country near his grandparent’s ranch in Sebastapol California. The memory of those undeveloped vistas is still a strong influence in his work. Relying on his love of nature, his interest in the California Plein Air movement as well as his many years in commercial art Rick has created a blend that his is own unique vision.

He graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Artsin 1977 and received his formal art training at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland Ca. (1979-1982). For 15 years Rick had been a nationally renowned illustrator and art director during which he and his design firm Garcia, Bickmore and Brown were winners of over 20 addy awards. In the late 1990’s he started the transition to a full time career as a painter, the culmination of years of work in the arts.

Education
University of California at Berkeley, 1973 to 1977. Bachelor of Arts Degree
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland California, 1979 to 1981 design / illustration and painting.

Teaching Experience
University of California at Santa Barbara, 1989 to 1994. Graphic Design Instructor in Extention Program.
Arts Fund Mentorship Program Santa Barbara California 2003
S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) 2009 taught workshop on glazing techniques.
1983-2000,Owner and partner in three different design/advertising firms specializing in custom design/illustration work. Clients included Clarke American, Disney, Budwieser, American Express. Won best of show 1989 AAF amongst numerous other awards.
- Art Director for Territory Ahead Clothing Co. 1988-1990
- Art Director for Big Dog Sportswear 1994-2000

Exhibit History
1998-1999, Windwood Galleries, Vail Colorado.
1999-2000, Snowy Mountain Gallery, Buena Vista, Colorado.
1999, Honorable Mention, “Fine Art Santa Barbara”, Santa Barbara, California.
2000 (April to October), Group show at Caruso/Woods Fine Arts.
2000 (October), 3rd place Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens Art Show.
2000 (October), “Museum Director’s Award” Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Art Walk.
2000 (October to Present), Exhibiting at Pascucci Restaurant, Santa Barbara California.
2001 (June), Winner of the 2001 IAA Award (Individual Artist Award) in painting, Santa Barbara Arts Fund.
2001 - 2003, Maureen Murphy Fine Arts, Montecito, California.
2002 - 2006, Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California.
2002 - 2009, Park Gallery, Carmel, California.
2003 to Present, Young’s Gallery, Los Olivos, California.
2003 (August), One person show, Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California.
2003 (September), “1st Place Painting Award” Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Art Walk.
2004 (September), “2nd Place Painting Award” Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Art Walk.
2006 (October), “3rd Place Painting Award” Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Art Walk.
2006 (October), “Honorable Mention” Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Art Walk Outdoor Show.
2006 (November), One person show at Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation.
2006 to present, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California.
2007 (October), Lead artist, concept creator and curator of “El Camino Realism” Indoor main exhibit, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History “Artwalk”.
2008 (August), One person show at Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation.
2008, ”Great American Landscape Show”, Group Exhibit, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara CA.
2008 - present, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara CA.
2009 (October), Lead artist, concept creator and curator of “California Landscape~ Realism to Abstaction” Indoor main exhibit Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History “Artwalk”.
2010 Guest artist in EDC Oak Group Show.
2010 Selected artist in “Glenna Hartmann Memorial Exhibit”, “Exhibit by California’s top 50 Landscape Artists”
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
2011 One Person Show Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
2012 “Artists of Distinction” Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2012 Five paintings commissioned for a wing of Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA.
2012 “Ralph, Ray and Rick” 3 person show at Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
2013 Two person show at Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation.
2014 “Artists of Distinction” Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2014 “Art at the Casa”, Casa del Herrero, Montecito, CA.
2015 “Artists of Distinction” Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

California Art Club - Associate Member
Santa Barbara Studio Artists

 

 

 
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