Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Little Girls August

Little Girls for August 2009

My Little Girls this month are in homage to my 2nd favorite TV show- Sex in the City. Prior to the opening of the movie a few years ago, I got teary eyed. I felt that I was seeing great friends that I had not seen in a while. Up until a year ago, I had not had cable TV and so aside from the basic channels, I spent a lot of time watching my DVD’s of the entire series; some of those DVD’s no longer work from watching them so much. I have come to think of the 4 girls as dear friends in my life. I have laughed and cried with them. It may seem a little silly, but there is a very deep connection with them. I have come to relate to them, their friendships and their challenges with sex, love, and intimacy.

1) In Charlotte I see my willingness to be romantic, to see life with new eyes. It’s a challenge sometimes, but I try.
2) In Carrie I see the writer in me, I see the willingness to be truthful to my self; it takes courage to do so.
3) In Miranda I see my hard shell that is afraid of being hurt.
4) In Samantha I see my sexy side and my willingness to be free, I see the clown in me.

The four pieces this month come as one set @ $500. I am also selling framed prints at $100 for the set.

I’m excited about continuing many more pieces form the show and movie and possibly doing an entire collection for a future exhibit. I’m already excited about the sequel.


Ricky Sencion

My Sexy Friends #1

My Sexy Friends #2

My Sexy Friends #3

My Sexy Friends #4

Monday, July 13, 2009

Little Girls July

Little Girls for July

In honor of 4th of July and our country of independence, I have painted 2 little girls. I am proud to be an American citizen and grateful for the freedoms in our life.

1) Liberty- is dedicated to the most recognizable images of freedom. I remember seeing it for the first time and feeling proud of what it represented. It also reminds me of my time living in New York and the freedoms I have had in my life to express who I am and what I stand for.
2) Her Dark Knight- this piece is another tribute to the Obamas. Though Barrack is a dark silhouette, this piece is titled with the intention of Barrack being the super hero in Michelle’s life.

My ‘little girls’ as a collection represent the importance of freedom and possibility in my life. These 2 pieces are, therefore, even more meaningful in regards to the liberties in our lives.

Liberty #1

Liberty #2

Liberty #3

Her Dark Knight

Little Girls for June

Little Girls for June

In honor of gay pride month I did my ‘little girls’ of some personally favorite drag performers. Over the years, I have had the privilege of seeing them perform. After many years of seeing them around, I admire their creativity, but mostly their courage to be true to them self.

1) Sado Sutan- I first saw ‘Raja’ at OZ in Buena Park when I first moved back to LA. His performance at Peanuts of Chaka Khan’s ‘Through the Fire’ was GENIUS!!!
2) Dynamic Duo: Joey Arias and Sherry Vine- I have had the pleasure of watching both Joey and sherry perform in NY and LA and they will always remind me of my life in NY.
3) Princess Lepore- I am a huge admirer of Amanda Lepore. There are so many more little girls of her to come. Though I have only seen her a few short times, I have not had the pleasure of meeting her, yet she is a great muse in my life.
4) A Bunny in Bed- I have had the opportunity to run into The Lady Bunny in NY, SF, and LA. Seeing her always brings a smile to my face. Her mc performances at Wigstock are truly memorable and she has a voice I can always recognize even with my eyes closed.

I am grateful to the many drag performers who have brought joy and laughter into my life. They will always inspire me.

Sado Sutan

Dynamic Duo: Joey Arias

Dynamic Duo: Sherry Vine

Princess Lepore

A Bunny in Bed

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Little Girls May

I have finally finished my ‘Little Girls’ for the month of May. They are in honor of my mother. Her birthday was just a few days ago. So much of who I am and how I live my life is in gratitude to her. She has been of great inspiration and a vehicle of love and kindness to everyone. Her courage and strength to live with her condition ASL) is beyond admiration. She is an angel in the lives of everyone who has crossed her path.

1) ‘Expecting Me’- This piece is a sort of self-portrait. The little red ball represents me- ‘the little clown inside her while she is pregnant’. The image is taken of her while she was pregnant with one of my sisters. The Spanish words say something about her and how I will always remember her life.
2) ‘Mama in Roses’- This piece is also taken from a photograph and I think of her whenever I see a rose. Over the years, she has kept rose gardens and her love of flowers is always with me. I had a clear and simple idea for this piece and it turned out just as I had first imagined.
3) ‘Shooting Papa’- A few years ago I found a photo of her on vacation; there was a pirate theme around them. She was pointing a gun at Papa. The look on her face is hilarious. I wanted this piece to be colorful and silly.

Mama In Roses

Expecting Me

Shooting Papa

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Little Girls for April

My Little Girls for April are here. They are tribute to Madonna. After all these years, I am still listening to her music, especially the classics from The Immaculate Conception. As for the fond memory I mentioned in last months e-mail, here it is:

One early morning, some almost 20 years ago, while living in SF, I drove out to black sand beach across the bay. It was cold and foggy and no one was out. I climbed down the cliffs with a cd player and headphones on. As I got to the sand, ‘Like a Prayer’ came on and before I new it, I was dancing around the sand and splashing against the waves with all my clothes on. I felt immense joy and freedom! In the end, my cd player was broken and I drove home in wet clothes. I can still remember the feeling every time I listen to the song.

1) “Madonna Rules the World” is a tribute to her comment on American Bandstand about ‘ruling the world.’ I took the image from the last years Vanity Fair cover.
2) “Burning Prayers”- is taken from her Like a Prayer Video and is a commentary on the use of religion and/or prayer for selfish reasons rather than for acts of kindness.
3) “Confessions of a Child Dropped on the Dance Floor” is my version of Madonna and Child and meant to be just silly.

Confessions of a Child Dropped on the Dance Floor

Madonna Rules The World

Burning Prayers

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Little Girls for March

I decided to do 3 “Little Girls” for the month of March. They are in honor of my all time favorite TV show and actress, 'I Love Lucy' and Lucille Ball. As I was walking to work one morning and thinking about the finished pieces, I got teary-eyed as I thought about the many mornings I have spent watching the show. I felt a great sense of gratitude for the many years of laughter, smiles, and joy that she has brought into my life. (Maybe that’s why I’m called Ricky). Even to this day, I am still watching the shows and cracking up out loud. While at Berkeley, I even scheduled my classes around the morning shows. I admired her for her courage to be a comedian and not just your glamorous Hollywood starlet.

The Paintings

1) Lucy’s Rosy Red Ball- It is my favorite dress she wore on the show, I think she looked absolutely beautiful in it.
2) Lucy’s Chocolate Covered Ball- This is definitely one of my favorite episodes. Just watching her face/eyes as she shoves the chocolates into her mouth, still makes me laugh out loud.
3) Lucy’s Friendship Ball- I loved that even though they had their quarrels, Ethel and Lucy were always best of friends.

The different colored balls represent the different personas that Lucy played. Any future painting of her will have a different colored ball.

If you are interested in having another Lucy image from you personal favorite episodes, I am more than happy to have it commissioned.

Lucy's Friendship Ball

Lucy's Chocolate Covered Ball

Lucy's Rosy Red Ball

Lucy Framed

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Rose For Mr. Griffith

The piece below was commissioned by my close friend Ralph Negron for his friends and bosses Rose Apodaca and Andy Griffith.

At first, I had a challenge with finding a photo to work from, but after spending some time on her blog, I came across a photo of them on their wedding day. I was immediately taken by it. Not only did she look beautiful, but the joy on his face as he looks at her inspired me. She mentions in her blog that even though she goes by her name, she would be okay with being called ‘Mrs. Griffith.’ This inspired me to name the piece which is in honor of both of them especially since I don’t paint male images in my work and they appear solely as silhouettes. And so the idea is that he allows her to be the beauty in his life, his joy, his ‘rose.’ And she’s okay with belonging to him, hence the title of the piece- “A Rose for Mr. Griffith.”

A Rose For Mr. Griffith

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Little Girls for February

In honor of the award season, which has always been of great inspiration I have “Kate Wins-A-Globes.” More importantly, in honor of our new president and first lady, I have “Fist Pumping First Lady…He’s Seeing Stars, Seeing Stars.”

Soon after Titanic, I had the opportunity to wait on Kate Winslet while working as a pool attendant at The Bel-Air Hotel. She wore a one-piece black bathing suit to the pool area and she looked absolutely gorgeous. As one of my favorite actresses, I was happy to finally see her win not only her first, but also her second Golden Globe in the same year. As an A-List star, who’s done a wide range of roles, I mostly admire her for her courage to bare herself unlike many others. And so in honor of her 2 wins, I gave her 2 ‘golden boobs’.

Prior to viewing the inauguration on TV, I knew I would be emotional… I was. Mostly, I cried as I watched the thousands of people gathered around to see him sworn in and I imagined the millions more watching around the world. I felt inspired to paint a second ‘Little Girl.’ Throughout the election, I loved the emotion and show of affection the Obama’s displayed in doing their little fist pump gesture. “Fist Pumping First Lady… He’s Seeing Stars, Seeing Stars” is in honor to her, to him, and to every woman who has stood behind her man. Because as the old saying goes, ‘Behind every great man is a great woman.” In this case, a great ‘Little Girl.”

On a lighter note, I found a little sense of humor in the fist pump and the cartoonish idea of him seeing stars from being playfully hit by her and in doing so seeing his own dream of becoming President.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lost In Grapes

The piece below was done for my best friends wife. On their first date they went to wine country. He took the photo of her looking out into a vineyard. As he sat looking at her, he thought about how he wanted her to be his wife. She told me, she was taken with him immediately. Within a year they were married. There are two glasses in the piece, Hers and his. So even though he is not in the piece, it is what he saw, her.

Lost In Grapes

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Viva Sakura!

Meeting Jackie

The piece below was commissioned by my sister Blanca for her boyfriends mom named Lydia. She has been a great admirer of Jackie O. The piece is 2 seperate images. I used a very dark purple for the dresses and hair. It is my favorite color to use at the moment. I wanted the piece to have a classic look to it-my version of a black and white photo.

Meeting Jackie

Zip-it Mona

This piecce was comissioned by my sister Blanca for my sister Monica. While vacationing in Costa Rica with my siblings, we did a zip line tour while it was pouring rain. My sister Mona was terrified especially of the first jump that went over a raging river. The title is a play on words for the zip line and also because the tour guides told her she talked too much especially on our drive to the rainforest. They jokingly asked if anyone had duct tape to keep her quiet as she was playfully talking 'shit.'

Zip-it Mona


i did this piece for my brother-in-law Enrique as a xmas gift. the piece is taken from their wedding day. The word vieja means old woman. it is a term of endearment that my dad calls my mom and which Enrique soemtimes uses to call my sister Glicelda. i love nicknames as they reflect a deep affection for another.

something borrowed, something blue, something new, something vieja

Thursday, January 15, 2009

First Little girl of 2009

Below is my first 'little girl' of 2009. It is in honor Harris Glenn Milstead a.k.a Divine. It is in honor of his courageous self to be himself and to everyone who is brave enough to be themselves. It is about seeing being the shell we call our bodies and seeing the spirit within us.

An Angel Divine

An Angel Divine Framed