Ivan Rickenmann born in Bogota, Colombia in 1965, is a notable Latin American artist. Upon first sight, Rickenmann’s drawings can be mistaken for photographs, such is the detail in his work. Much like the art of Gerhard Richter, Rickenmann manages to capture objects as frozen moments, caught in the motion of time. His strokes are reminiscent of the cadence of Francis Picabia and the compositions of Kurt Schwitters; but his personal quest is developed in elements added from the Pop and Kitsch movements, seen particularly in his paintings of wires. Such images contain an almost dreamlike quality, as if they are a memory of the future, where old is linked to the dream to give us the basic and essential image of contemporary life. Yet despite all comparisons with other artists Rickenmann’s work enters a domain of its own in his rain swept scenes of city skylines. His work, often described as capturing ‘la vie cotidiene’, imbue simple daily used objects and skylines with an sense of importance and grandeur.
Rickenmann studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris from 1987-1991. He has exhibited throughout the U.S., and in many European countries, such as Freance, Switzerland and Belgium. His intricate, melancholic drawings can be found in collections globally.