Ricky Bernstein combines the satirical sensibility of pop art with the examination of common human activities found in historic genre painting. Bernstein establishes a sense of play through cartoon-like depiction of form, using broad areas of color and playful compositions that circle and spill, echoing scenes from comic books and animated films. There is, however, an awkward undercurrent in Bernstein’s works. One senses that something serious is lurking just beneath the happy surface, waiting to make itself apparent upon closer inspection.
Ricky studied ceramics and glass at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, receiving his BFA and going on to receive an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. He also received a Fulbright award and studied at the Royal College of Art.
His pieces have toured the world in Solo and group exhibitions, and can be found in many private and public collections, including those of the Glasmuseet Ebeltof in Denmark, the Renwick Museum of Art, Washington, DC, the DeYoung Museum of Art, San Francisco, and the Museum of Art and Design, New York.