Biography

Ricardo Celma was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1975. Painting and drawing were always part of his life and from the age of 5 he took classes in the workshops of great artists, such as José Alberto Marchi, Claudio and Julio Barragán and Alejandro Boim, among others. At the age of 16, he held his first individual exhibition. He continues to perform individual and group exhibitions. Since 2001 he exhibits not only in Argentina, but as well in Peru, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Japan, the Netherlands, etc. His artworks might be found in several private art collections such as Vaticano’s Collection.

Celma usually works with a live model, although he also uses photographs. In his work we can find reminiscences of Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, one of the greatest exponents of Art Nouveau, Raphael, Rembrandt, and so many other history’s masters; managing to impose always his personal stamp. Mix of influences, elements of Baroque, Flemish painting, magical realism and hyper-realism are present. "I try to convey a spiritual message in the work, which is a bit the reflection of my own search, my encounters and doubts, I try to make something sacred and magical happen in ambiguous scenes, and also in everyday life ones,". Celma’s artworks emerge so mysterious, like in a dream.