b. Funchal, Portugal; works in San Francisco, CA
Oglala Oyate: Sister City for a Better Future, 2010
Rigo 23 has exhibited his work internationally for over 20 years, placing murals, paintings, sculptures, and tile work in public situations where viewers are encouraged to examine their relationship to their community, their role as unwitting advocates of public policy or their place on a planet occupied by many other living things. Rigo 23’s works live both as artworks and as thoughtful public interventions.
He has created installations for the Lyon Biennale and the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. His sculpture of Tommie Smith and John Carlos was installed on the campus of San Jose State University in 2005.