Tripoli Gallery

Rene Ricard (b. 1946, Boston, MA) was an American poet, essayist, and painter, known for his paintings that incorporated his poetry. At age 18 Ricard moved to New York City and quickly became a part of Andy Warhol’s Factory, making his acting debut in films such as Kitchen and Chelsea Girls. He was also a founder of the Theater of the Ridiculous, along with John Vaccaro and Charles Ludlam. Ricard’s poetry started gaining prominence in the 70s and in 1979, the DIA Foundation published his first poetry anthology, René Ricard 1979 – 1980. Beginning in the 1980s, Ricard painted his distinctive script on the surfaces of found paintings or antique prints, sometimes tracing over itself to form layers of text in varying colors. In 1990, his paintings of his poetry were published in an anthology, God With Revolver, edited by Raymond Foye and Francesco Clemente. Ricard lived and worked in New York City.