Ricardo Negro was born as Ricardo Alves da Silva Miranda in Capao Redondo (Sao Paulo-Brazil) and was raised
in Cantinho do Ceu, outskirts of Sao Paulo.The study of the image comes from the passion for photography since his
childhood, feeling inherited from his father who during 10 years made many photographic works.
Negro manifested his artistic skills in his youth when he got in touch with graffiti, at that time he participated
in some photographic collectives like: Bizonho and Diversidades (diversities), in this collectives he used to graffiti
the name of those events.
He took part as well in the collective death, but graffiti this word used to disturb him, after a talk with friends they
decided to adopt the word SORTI, little did he know that he had begun to thread his way surrounded by that energy.
Within the same period he went to the streets where left his mark with Tags (movement similar to graffiti), so arose the interest
in create tags with his own name and detach himself from collectives to come up with a freer production.
At the age of 18 he got started in the college of education a culture Maria Montessori where took the course of Bachelor in visual
arts. Ricardo Negro's production is in a study phase, around 5 years he has been working and learning aesthetic concepts of
communities from different parts of Brazil like, Salvador - Chapada Diamantina (BA), Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The Favelas
are his biggest source of inspiration. He developed a new sight, a new way of seeing the beauty and happiness in the Favelas,
the colours applied in his art works also take part on his study. His characters are women, men and children, often with slanted eyes,
slim arms and legs .Ricardo Negro is influenced by cubism, Pop Art, also gets references from paints of Modigliani, Bosh, Diego Rivera,
Nelson Screnci, Di Cavalcanti, Portinari, Almeida Junior, among many other artists and of course the graffiti, due this movement which
introduced him to the art Universe. The codename Ricardo Negro came from the pursuit of enhancing the Brazilian black community, the legacy
and the power left for his ancestors.
By: Gi Bruna and Valéria Ribeiro.