RICARDO PARTIDA ( b.1990) is a painter and recent graduate from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago’s Master of Fine Arts in Studio program. His work largely critiques and illuminates depictions of gender and desire in the Western Art Canon. By using the visual language of figura serpentinata, his works create surrogacies of seduction that question conventional power structures. Through the use of surface treatments, mark making, and the quality of line attributed to Carol Ockman’s 1995 text Retracing the Serpentine Line, his work explores carnal desires through the push and pull of menace and allure. Born in Mexico City, Mexico, and raised in the borderlands of South Texas, Partida has exhibited his work nationally including Texas, Chicago, and New York.