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.

recent exhibition history

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

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

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

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

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)

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