Rick Araluce amazes us with his miniature constructions of solitary moments in time. Initially, he pursued a career as a painter and illustrator, but his early love of model making drove him toward building miniatures. Araluce meticulously hand crafts and fabricates all the elements of his creations. Araluce wants us to participate in the worlds he creates so gives us just enough of the story or a riddle to spark our own imaginations.
Araluce’s narratives are emotionally charged snapshots of deeper stories that leave us wondering – “what went on here?” There are precedents for this type of art – Joseph Cornell, Michael McMillan, but there are few that bring the level of quality, imagination and sensitivity that Araluce brings to his wonderful little worlds.
Born in Los Angels, Araluce created art all his life. After graduating from Orange Coast Community College, he pursued a career as an illustrator, sculpted and most recently constructed scenery at the Seattle Opera House. In 2008 Araluce received the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Award and Gottlieb Award. In 2014 he was award a Guggenheim Fellowship. Araluce regularly exhibits at OK Harris Gallery in NYC. He currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.