Learn about Alexis Larrinaga

Posted on August 05, 2017 by Riccardo Joseph | 0 comments

Alexis Larrinaga Profile
Born and raised in Cuba, Alexis Larrinaga had shown an innate affection towards the Arts. Colors, textures, styles and methods, be it Plastic Arts, Sketching, Cartooning, Graphic Arts and Design, Leather and Wood Work, as well as Acrylic and Oil Paintings, he explores all the different ways in which he can express his unique perspective of the world. 
Alexis's DrawingsAs a child, he manufactured mini sculptures and Knick knack memorabilia utilizing clay and wood to sell to tourists along the Havana shores, as well as in Arts and Crafts fairs, thus helping his parents monetarily with surprising results for a teenager. In a weekend, he used to earn three times what his parents would earn a month in their professional careers in Teaching and Electrical engineering.

In Luyano, his neighborhood in Havana, he was the designated cartoonist for all the kids indulging into their requests for cartoons and comics. This then became an apparent skill that he developed which would later serve a great purpose in his adult years.

Alexis's DrawingsAt age 19, Alexis and his family migrated to the Dominican Republic, where he worked as a freelance cartoonist for several publications and company events. Alexis obtained his associates in Arts, Crafts and Plastic Arts at the Instituto Politécnico Pablo de la Torrente Brau, in Havana, Cuba. He also performed side jobs in retail and photography to pay for school and ultimately attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing at APEC University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In his admiration of the greats, Alexis also studied under Candido Bidó, a famous Dominican artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide, also known for his colorful portrayal of the mysterious folkloric black-eyed dolls. He worked alongside Bidó on a few murals and projects for the Dominican Air Force during his time at the Candido Bidó School in Santo Domingo.

Alexis's DrawingsHe worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for “Plan Internacional” a non-for profit organization dedicated to the protection and safe guarding of children, as well as for many publications like “Cañabrava”, “Universitas,” “Revista 110,” “Mini Generacion,” among other print publications in the Dominican Republic. He had addressed many subjects like sports, politics and the state of affairs while touching on the many controversial subjects of the times.

He has utilized his artistic skills to perform in many Freelance Work Projects as a Mural Painter, Creative Illustrator, Alexis's DrawingCartoonist, Graphic Designer and Web Designer, for companies like CNT (Compañía Nacional de Television) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from 2000 to 2008, while moonlighting as a Supervisor of Security at the Estadio Quisqueya during the Winter Baseball Season.


In 2010, he decided it was time to expand his horizons and finally reached the great “La Yuma,” a name many Cubans use to address the United States. He successfully arrived in Brownsville, Texas and made his way up to the Tri-state area in New York and New Jersey, where most of his family resides, thus embarking upon a new adventure and Chapter in his life. He started a new life in Orange, NJ then quickly moved to the Atlantic City Area in South Jersey. There, he started working as a Food Runner for the Resorts Casino and then worked his way up to Intermediate Cook, thus initiating his newfound medium for his artistic expression in food and Culinary arts.

Alexis' s Wooden CraftAlexis's Wooden Craft
He continued his artistic pursuit expressing his love for vibrant colors and artistic expression inspired by the Ocean. He adopted different mediums through which he would experiment with acrylics, oils, clay, gesso, pastels on canvas, bottles, fabrics and burning his images and ideas onto wood, ceramics and many other surfaces.

Alexis's DrawingThe feminine and mother nature have both always been a source of great inspiration to Alexis. Being the focus of many of his works, the feminine body and deities serve as a focal point and muse in many of his works of art. “I like to use the image of a woman in many of my paintings, because women are a symbol of creation, life and hope. Creation, because within her, is where all life begins. We all come from a woman, this is my way of paying homage to that.”

Alexis has always used his artistic expression as a way of exerting into the Universe, his spirituality, beliefs, wants and desires. As in many artists, there is always somewhat of a spiritual element in his work, and his desire for a child became a common theme very quickly, as he etched the pregnant mother and child in the womb using many mediums and diverse surfaces.

As if stricken by Miami’s splendor and Magic, he and his wife were finally blessed with the conception of his first-born son just months after arrival in Florida, further inspiring his endeavor to represent life, love and innocence in his artwork.
Alexis Painting
Alexis is very excited to have found a platform like Ricky’s Wall where he can display his work, as he finalizes his depiction and current fascination with the expression of the essence of Life.

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Our Fans FAQs: Ricky's Wall Updates

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Riccardo Joseph | 0 comments

Here are the 5 most frequently asked questions from our fans: 

 1- Is Ricky "Riccardo Joseph" an artist?

No, he is a business-minded professional who is promoting and providing young artists & vendors a platform "Ricky's Wall" to showcase their talents.

 2 - Does Ricky's Wall have a physical Store?

Currently, we don't but Ricky also promotes & sells through private presentation that's why some pieces are only displayed at the frame shop and not published online.

3 - Do you provide Certificate of Authenticity?

Yes, we do and it's at no cost to the buyer.

4 - Do you offer framing options?

Yes, only if you reside in South Florida - Broward, Dade & Palm Beach counties. For framing inquiries, please reach out to us via Chat, email: (info@rickyswall.com) or phone: (800) 480-7210

5 - When can we expect Ricky's Wall first public event?

We are in the planning stage of evaluating events alternatives. However, we are currently cooperating with other institutions such as Eclat Haiti to raise awareness about our products.

A Bonus Pix: we are sorry: this is not a piece of art, this is Ricky😊!!!

Ricky's Profile Picture

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Ricky's Wall After 1 Year

Posted on January 01, 2017 by Riccardo Joseph | 0 comments

It has been 1 year already since we dared to enter the Arts & Crafts marketplace. Today, we are making a difference and we are well positioned to maintain our efforts & continue to strive in 2017 thanks to our loyal customers & fans. 

Ricky's Wall is all about uniqueness. What you see on our portal is hand-made, handpainted or customized. The pieces you find on our gallery cannot be found anywhere else. The quality of our items is also improving batches after batches and this is how we are able to build loyalty. Some of our paintings have now reached Mid-Premium level with a minimum introductory price of $1500 and those are primarily reserved for Private Presentation. We have introduced other product lines to bring you diversity & build relationships with other vendors to continue the fight on affordability. NaxesJewels is doing extremely well.

Here is the year in Review based on 2016 Compass Benchmark Report:

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Ricky's Wall Yearly Page Load

Ricky's Wall Time on Site

Ricky's Wall Page per Visit

Ricky's Wall Bounce Rate

We wish we could share more data with you. The Market feels our presence and some competitors are discounting their products at 65%. This means a win to you as a customer. It's clear that this is a tough market to be in because some of these metrics are considered super low if they were being evaluated for a different market. Our current opportunity is to increase our returning visitors to about 30%. Our page load will be a challenge because we are already preparing another launch for an exciting product line. With only $350 spent on marketing in 2016 & to be able to keep our fans happy, we have every reason to mark 2016 as a success. 

Thank you for your support 

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Learn about Nathalie Lubin

Posted on November 09, 2016 by Nathalie Lubin | 0 comments

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I was born and raised in Haiti. Every day, on my way to school, looking out the window of my father’s car, the only thing that would really keep me entertained on the road was the colorful paintings and patterns of Street Haitian artists that would adorn the walls of almost every building in the city.
 This daily routine has subconsciously fed my interest in patterns and patches. Most Haitian paintings are filled with several subjects (mostly marketplaces) & colors and patterns weaved into one another.
Nathalie Lubin painting at a very young age
At the age of 18, my mother - probably noticing the artistic skills that I have- installed an artist friend's old easel in my bedroom. It was mine to use, to create. My grandmother gave me my first set of acrylic paint, gouache, and paintbrushes of all sizes that belonged to my late great uncle who had passed away. I had no idea of the artist that slept inside of me until I dared to hold my first filbert brush in my hand. Maybe my peers' energy was channeled through my eyes, hands etc.
 I have spent the past 10 years, painting and teaching art. Selling, and holding several exhibits; some underground and others at brief museums showings. The most interesting part of these exhibits for me has been to hear my critics; what my viewers had to say about my art . Many would not call my art "Haitian".
 I, myself identify as being Haitian, holding the essence of my country in my strokes maybe through the colors, the patterns, the subjects or the stories. However, you will not find the typical merchants, cabins, trees and mystical deities depicted in my art. You will probably relate to my subject or the story being told. You will probably be educated with the different styles that I try to throw on my canvas. My paintings are me. An open book of possibilities.
Nathalie Lubin mixing patterns & colors
 It would probably come as a surprise that, although interested in patterns and the multiplying subjects in Haitian paintings, I've had an uncontrollable love for the art of One; that is art focusing on one subject. I am studying the art of Loneliness. How do I incorporate a certain delineation of patterns and scattered colors to focus the attention on just ONE? For that, I had to create that contrast; where my subject is the one with the patterns and colors; holding patches/pixels that marry one another and become ONE.
 Most of my paintings hold only one subject. One who asks the audience their undivided focus/attention. That is where a certain particularity, uniqueness, grace and beauty is born through the feeling of Loneliness. And just by irony, I tend to balance this "sad" feeling with VIBRANT / BOLD colors.
I am now trying to combine  a collection of Women, symbols and patterns. I'm excited to find a platform "Ricky's Wall" where I can display my pieces.
Nathalie Lubin & her collections

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A Short Profile of Walgens Celeus

Posted on September 17, 2016 by Riccardo Joseph | 0 comments


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Walgens Celeus was born in Cap Haitian, Haiti on July 2nd 1988. Drawing was his favorite past-time during childhood. Academically, he was very competitive and wanted to be the top of his class during each semester session. In fact, he achieved the highest grade for his school at the National Exam for 6th graders & this is when his journey as a painter has begun. To recognize his academic achievement, he had received a set of painting tools from the F.I.C. (Congregation of Christian Brothers). 
So, at the age of 12 he started painting at the AJAPCA workshop: a Cap Haitian Cooperative for young painters. In 2002, he then joined the group called NEP (an atelier of art focusing on natural landscape). 3 years later, he won the interscholastic drawing contest. In 2006, he attended a workshop on Art History that focused on color composition.
Walgens' Final Touch
Over the years, he became comfortable enough and started teaching at the NEP studio from 2007 until 2009. Thereupon, to improve his business & negotiation skills, he attended another cultural seminar on Small & Mid Business Management certified by the Ministry of Culture & Communication. Today, He is part of the movement called KYEYATIS: an Art Academy designed to promote Haiti's cuisine, music & paintings.
Walgens is in another league. His approach to painting is a bit different since he has mastered a fairly new painting style: Razor Blade Technique. His pieces are unique and defined by a silhouette of colors that strengthen his competitive advantage. His innovative touch, style, texture and technique add value and shape the Haitian Art industry. 

His love for the nature and his educational background inspire him to depict the everyday life & the Haitian landscape. He has already produced for the well known Haitian Rapper Christopher Laroche "Freedom". Below, you will see an abstract portrait he had created depicting the rapper:
Walgens depicts Christopher Laroche
Walgens has already sold more than 600 paintings. Over the years, he has built a loyal fan base in Europe. We have already published 2 of his paintings & today he has partnered with us to release his upcoming collection.
 

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How Caribbean Culture is shaping America!!!

Posted on August 31, 2016 by Riccardo Joseph | 0 comments

Ricky's Wall wanted to share with its audience an event that took place at the White House on June 2016 focusing on the impact of the Caribbean Culture on America and revealing the challenges & opportunities in the Caribbean Market. 
The guests, a panel of Caribbean Musicians, were: Machel Montano & Etienne Charles from Trinidad, Emeline Michel from Haiti & Ryan Leslie from USA.

Enjoy!!!

 

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Ricky's Wall State of Operations after 8 Months

Posted on August 21, 2016 by Riccardo Joseph | 0 comments

It has been 8 months already & we would like to share some details with our fan base. The last 4 months have been a bit challenging simply due to forecasted low seasonality in the art market during Summer seasons. Thanks to your support, we have managed to keep it very entertaining.
      • We entered the Entry Premium market with 9 paintings from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Barbados & Cuba. These Premium paintings are usually listed for about $1200-$1500 minimum on the market. Ricky's Wall supply chain has allowed us to minimize cost and published those pieces for about half the market price.
      • We are now able to frame our paintings based on customer's request. Delivery for our framed pieces is only available in South Florida (Dade, Broward & Palm Beach counties). 
      • We continue to WOW our art lovers by exceeding their expectations. We recently sold our most expensive piece and we did capture part of the journey for you.
Here is Ricky at the Frame Shop:
    Ricky at the Frame Shop
    When Ricky arrived at the collector's house:
    Ricky arrived at the Collector's house
    Job Well Done!!!
    Ricky: Job Well Done!!!
        • Our Newsletter Subscribers had the privilege to make offers on our pieces on 6/18 & 6/19. Ricky was live on the chatroom to seal some of the deals.
        • We have replaced the old live chat with a more intuitive & modern interface chat.
        • We have also customized our checkout so that Amazon customers can make purchases with their Amazon Account "Amazon Payments".
        • We have executed our First Giveaway Contest through Fishbowl Prize and the outcome has been excellent. We had over 800 participants who now became subscribers of our Newsletter. Here is the review that Mary Lynn, the winner, submitted to us:
    Mary Lynn's Product Review for Ricky's Wall
        • We have doubled the amount of our followers on Facebook and we have also announced our first Facebook Prize Giveaway. 
        • We are working everyday to improve our SEO performance and once we are satisfied with the results, we will start launching our first Paid Campaigns.

    Below is a sample of our customers Feedback (Part 2):

    Customer Review Part 2

    Hang tight!!! New paintings are on the way & very soon we will publish a new collection created by: Walgens Celeus. Support us by following us on Instagram or Facebook, sharing our content and signing up for our Newsletter.

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