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Ricardo Zapata
Ricardo Zapata
Assistant Teaching Professor, Design for Media Area Coordinator



Academic Building 109B
Ricardo Zapata is a Miami, FL born artist and educator currently living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Through an interdisciplinary studio practice, he explores notions of power struggle, displacement, transgression, and anxiety through investigations of personal and historical events and the history of urbanism, activism, and colonialism. The resulting work in painting, drawing and sculpture find common aesthetic ground in the use of naturalistic representation, text, and the fracturing of space and form. His work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad and featured in the Washington Post. He is a member of Pink Noise Projects, a collectively-run project space in Philadelphia that aims to provide opportunities for emerging and under-represented artists. He received his MFA in painting and certificate in Graphic Design from PennDesign, the University of Pennsylvania and his BFA in painting with minor in Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Before coming to teach at Drexel, he taught at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Pennsylvania State University in Abington; University of Pennsylvania, Arcadia University, and Moore College of Art and Design.