Gregory Rick

MFA Candidate Art Practice
BFA California College of the Arts
Graduation Year
Gregory Rick

Brief Intro to the Artist, In the form of a third person ramble.

Gregory Rick is from Minneapolis Minnesota but was born in St. Cloud and has lived all over the country. Explaining his life, Rick states, “I have had a restless streak since forever that propels me to explore and a reflective urge to create”. Born in a small college town that was primarily white. Rick was picked on as a kid and had to fight. Rick isolated a lot during this time, spending a lot of time inside drawing and creating fantastical narrative with his legos and ninja turtles. Seven was a pivotal year, at seven Rick’s father was sent to prison for shooting another man and the family moved to Minneapolis. Rick’s mother had received a degree in social work and landed a job in Dakota county social services, but the ricks lived in Hennepin County. Until his teens a lot of ricks time was spent between trying to find means to make money illegal or otherwise, the church, drawing, comics, basketball and fantasy. Since he was very small Rick would play out elaborate tales in his head and draw them on paper. As a teen Rick got into Mural Painting and Graffiti through the same crowd and eventually got charged as an adult with a felony and convicted under then district attorney Amy Kobachar. Rick then spent time traveling to Mexico and Central America as a means to escape the confines of probation. He discovered the work of the Mexican Muralist which were to inform his compositions for years. Leaving Mexico, Rick traveled through out the US, eventually getting the felony off his record in exchange for service in the army. Rick fought with the 101st Airborne in Iraq and lost some friends over there. “When I returned from war something wasn’t the same” said Rick. Both of Rick's parents passed during his time in the army and he felt undoubtedly alone. After some self destructive time Rick started drawing and painting again which helped. In 2011 Rick, looking for a change of pace, gas canned from Minneapolis homelessness to a new life in Oakland. Rick has grown emensely in Oakland, starting a family of his own while pursuing his art, planting a seed that has fostered a rebirth of happiness.



Research Interests

Field of Interest
MFA Art Practice