Who is Ray Arcadio?
Ray Arcadio is a New Jersey artist born in the Dominican Republic. Arcadio is known for his InShapeUniverse and PopRox styles. His work addresses the importance of iconography and symbols on our psyche. The work encompasses paintings, drawings and sculptures that he combines with pop imagery and street art elements. Whether in the form of superheroes or through his stylization of portraiture he makes reference to his Caribbean roots. His superimposing of "tribal/urban" abstractions over classical elements addresses the shocking effect American culture has had on his Caribbean mind. Arcadio's work is visually complex, playful and thought provoking.
Ray Arcadio obtained a B.F.A from New Jersey City University. Arcadio’s background is in graphic design and street art with numerous murals around the east coast accredited to him. He is a founding member of Jersey City's own culture jamming collaborative group Artfux, who were pioneers in street art. Arcadio has exhibited extensively around the United States and has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and television shows.
Among his solo shows he has also participated in numerous group shows throughout New York and New Jersey, and was chosen one of 30 artists to represent the state in the "The Visual Imaginary of Latinas/os in New Jersey," sponsored by Rutgers University’s Center for Latinos Arts and Culture.
His work is in various private collections including theZimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University,The Jersey City Museum in Jersey City, NJ,The Museum of Modern Religious Art at the University of St. Louis in St. Louis, MO and the Museo Moderno de Arte, Santo Domingo, RD.
"Icons are the flags we plant to let everyone know we are here but also who we are and where we come from"