Spanish illustrator Ricardo Cavolo merges Catholic iconography, mysticism, art history and folk art in his eye-catching practice. His colorful acrylic paintings, inspired by vibrant 12th-century illuminated manuscripts, are recurring symbols (fire, hearts, birds, snakes, repeating eyes) that tell coded stories about the people he’s representing. Ricardo is perhaps best known as the artist behind the album cover for Kaytranada’s 99.9% album, but he’s also created work for Vice and Jose Cuervo. He has also installed murals around the world, made his own tarot decks, and published books.
“I need to feel the materials. Touching the canvas, or the paper, feeling how the brush extends the acrylics is like having good sex.”