Julio Del Rio (b. 1988)

 Over the last few years, Julio Del Rio assembled a small militia of powerful and strange, sometimes humanoid, ceramics figures — many with arms, all with legs, and most with an amazing set of teeth. Some are based on modern and post-modern sculptures by the likes of Jeff Koons or Georg Condo.

Many of the figures sport a skin etched with text or symbols, creating a connection back in time with the terracotta warriors of ancient China. But, unlike the uniform drabness of the funerary sculptures, Del Rio’s pieces are glazed in burst of colors.

// Julio’s available work //

recent exhibition history

Cyrano // organized By Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2018

Can Did // organized By Julio Rodriguez NIAD Art Center 2018

All Of The Light // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2017

Heads // Left Field Gallery San Luis Obispo 2017

Word Play // organized by Kate Klingbeil NIAD Art Center 2017

Creature Feature // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2017

Souls And Scenarios // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2016


Adventure! // organized by Scott MacLeod NIAD Art Center 2015

Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015

Hermosas Criaturas: Ceramics And Drawings From Julio Del Rio // NIAD Art Center 2015

Making Friends // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2015

Avatar // organized by Justine Frischmann NIAD Art Center 2014

Check Your Head: Some Figurative Work // NIAD Art Center 2013

Where Have All The People Gone? // organized by Amy Miller Village Theatre Art Gallery Danville 2013

Yes To The Dress Pop-Up Shop // organized by Peter Gravener NIAD Art Center 2013

Diamond Dogs Pet Supply Pop-Up Shop // NIAD Art Center 2103

Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013

Spring Training // NIAD Art Center 2013

Superduperultracool Shoppe // organized by Lisa Solomon NIAD ART Center 2013

You Are Here // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2013

Outsider Art // organized by Phil Linhares and OMCA Oakland Airport 2103

…at cafes, public spaces and similar venues

Where Have All The People Gone 2? // Walnut Creek Community Center 2018

For Them That Spitte Blood And Are Bursten // organized by Jon Shibata Yalis’ Cafe Berkeley 2017

Joyful Tidings Of The Golden Future Time // organized by Jon Shibata Yali’s Café Oxford Street Berkeley 2016

Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD// Richmond Mayor’s Suite Richmond 2016

recent press

Radio Free Richmond: Julio Del Rio Blends Animal And Imagination (2015, June)

San Francisco Chronicle: Art And Entertainment Picks, Aug. 18 (2013, August)

San Francisco Chronicle: NIAD Art Center’s Gifts Of Artistic Ability (2012, December)