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Nothing Is Without Meaning
Ricardo Gonzalez

2021.4.8Thu - 2021.5.15Sat

hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition "Nothing Is Without Meaning" by Ricardo Gonzalez, the artist widely known as "It's a living".



"It's a living" is not just a statement but also a life philosophy for Ricardo Gonzalez. He produces beautiful and simple calligraphic artworks in various ways, such as large-scale murals to commercial work for some of the biggest brands to simple stickers on the streets.


He started calligraphy, inspired by his grandfather, in 1960. He has gotten a strong influence from graffiti culture as well in his process and has studied typography in NY. His style has been strongly established by the fusion of calligraphy and typography that affects the sophisticated and graphical aesthetic while also keeping the vibe of street culture.


Throughout the titles of new artworks such as "Breathe", "Walk," and "Think, our behaviours that repeat so many times in our life are sprinkled. Like moments that keep on becoming a life, phrases rewritten by him get an abundant expression and become a message that shows strong existence in this unprecedented era. He keeps creating his artworks ambitiously in this Pandemic, taking an objective view by absorbing him in daily creation.


"Nothing we do in our everyday life is without meaning. Every gesture unknowingly has a purpose to communicate with others or ourselves. The simplicity of a small gesture can affect deeply the lives of others as well ours. The way we do everything defines us as human beings and our purpose in life. After all it's a living." -It's a living ( Ricardo Gonzalez)

「it's a living」
1167x1167mm/Spray Paint & Acrylic marker/2021

Ricardo Gonzalez

Exhibitions:
2020 - Des Moines, Iowa (USA) - "Sway" - Group Show
2020 - Paris (FRANCE) - "Art Will Go On" - Group Show
2020 - Tokyo (JAPAN) - "Memories of Spring" - Solo Show
2020 - Durango (MEXICO) - "Nothing Lasts Forever" - Solo Show
2019 - Tokyo (JAPAN) - “Hidden Champion” - Group Show
2019 - Osaka (JAPAN) - Osaka Artfair - Group show
2019 - Tokyo (JAPAN) - “Writing is Painting" - Solo Show HPGRP Gallery
2019 - Des Moines, Iowa (USA) - "Bloom" - Group Show
2019 - Tokyo, (JAPAN) - “The Name Travels Further Than The Face" - Solo Show
2018 - Atlanta (USA) - “A Better View” - Group Show
2017 - New York (USA) - "100 years" Solo show +81 Gallery
2017 - Miami, (USA) - "Sentience" - Group Show
2017 - Kaohsiung (Taiwan) - "When The Sun Goes Down" - Group Show
2017 - New York (USA) - "100 Years" - Solo Show Hprgrp Gallery
2017 - Oakland, SF (USA) Solo Show - "Transitions" 1AM Gallery
2016 - New York (USA) - “Sunday Afternoon” - Group Show
2016 - New York (USA) - "Quest" HPGRP Gallery - Group Show
2016 - Seoul (Korea) - “Damn” - Solo Show
2015 - New York (USA) - “GFDA x It’s A Living” - Group Show
2015 - Vienna (Austria) - “Design Week” - Group Show

Awards:
2017 - Art Directors Club - YOUNG GUNS 15
2016 - PRINT MAG - Typography & Lettering Awards
2016 - COMMARTS - Typography annual Lettering/Calligraphy
2012 - HOWDesign - International Issue Awards

Talks:
2019 - OFFF Festival - Kiev, Ukraine
2019 - TMX Typography Conference - Monterrey, Mexico
2019 - OFFF Festival - Moscow, Russia
2019 - Design Week - Portland, USA
2019 - Domestika, Mexico City, Mexico
2018 - LetterWest - Utah, USA
2018 - OFFF Festival - Barcelona, Spain
2018 - "It's a living" - Huge Inc - New York
2017 - "Process" - Erik Vokel - Barcelona, Spain
2016 - "Networking" - The Hoxton Hotel - New York
2015 - Typers - Mexico City
2015 - FIU - New York / Barcelona

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