Ricky Day

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Kalup Linzy - 2009 digital c print
Jacolby Satterwhite - 2009 digital c print
Tyra Allure - 2008 digital c print
Phenomenal Girl 1 - 2010 digital print
Phenomenal Girl 4 - 2010 digital print
Artist's Statement

I believe that self is a performance and that notions of self are developed in direct relationship to the images and information provided to us via the media, religion & our respective peer groups and families. I am interested in exploring & examining the power of fine art & pop-culture to inform the development & performance of self while demonstrating the transformative power of change.

In my portrait series & documentary film A Portrait of The Life, I utilize a commercial fashion/editorial-influenced style of photography to capture & illustrate the diversity of the African-American LGBTQ community. My paintings, prints, videos & forthcoming installations are an examination of the objectification of people of color & the effects of this objectification on the performance of self.


Ricky Day was born in Saint Louis, Missouri on August 17, 1964 & raised in Los Angeles, California. Ricky is a visual artist & photographer who lives & works in Harlem, New York. His art practice includes painting, collage, photography, video & recorded music. Ricky also publishes the art & culture blog UrbanPopLife.net.

Ricky has exhibited in multiple group shows in NYC & beyond. His exhibitions include solo exhibits This is Urban Pop at Chi Chiz in New York City, (August 2010 – September 2010); Introducing Ricky Day at Bus Boys and Poets in Washington DC (Jan/February 2008); and group exhibitions Curate NYC at Rush Arts Gallery in New York City (October 2010); The Great LGBT Photo Show at Leslie Lohman Gallery in New York City (June 16 – July 10, 2010); Latent: An En Foco Photo Exhibition at Umbrella Arts in New York City (April 3 – 27, 2010); White Lies: Black Noise at Rush Arts Gallery November 14, 2009 – January 24, 2009.