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Gregory Rick (Stanford University) is a recipient of the 2022 Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting & Sculpture.

Gregory Rick creates what he terms History Paintings in which he confronts personal traumas and experiences in dialogue with history and the broader political world. His paintings are occupied by characters that serve as archetypes of his memories, introspection, and the absurdity and expansiveness of world history.

Rick notes: “My life has been full of tribulations; I look at them as initiations. For every hardship I endured, my art has grown with me. My father went to prison for murder when I was eight years old. Although losing my Dad was rough, him giving me two books, one on history and one on art, started my infatuation with both, and serves as a means of connection with my Pops. Similarly, art was a bastion of light after I returned from Iraq and helped me deal with my guilt about the war.”