ABOUT Ricardo Muñiz and COQUICHULO IMAGES

 

The main idea behind the creation of Coquíchulo Images was one of artistic support of my own Latino community.  I was a social worker and teacher working with young people with severe problems (emotional, academic, social, and psychological) for over 15 years.  Before I decided to pursue my artistic endeavors—photography, puppetry, performance and body art—I devoted myself and my work to help foster creativity and success within communities of color.

 

Although I’m a full-time artist, I have never left my community behind.  I’m still a teacher and social worker at heart.  Many of my exhibits, editorials, performances, shows and events include former students and community members either as models, participants, workers or contributors.  I continue to serve as a mentor for young people of color who are trying to find their voice.  I give much credence to the saying, “Each one, teach one.”

 

My work, be it a performance or a photograph or body art or a sculpture or a poem, is about finding the voices of my people who are lost in the darkness, the shadows, the fringes and the outskirts of mainstream society.  I use color to symbolize the range of colors and races that make up the Nafripani diaspora (Native, African and Hispanic).  I strive to help give voice to our struggle—be it meek or quiet or loud or compulsive or impulsive or confrontational or pleading or proud or confident or multilingual.

 

I love my work.  It is about getting our voices heard and our visions realized.

 

We may have struggled, but we’re finally here.  It’s more important to know where you stand and where you are going than to worry about what you didn’t get or what you didn’t have. 

 

For more information on the artist, please contact Ricardo Muñiz.

 

You may also see more of Ricardo’s work here and here

My work has been published in or by, exhibited or featured in:

111th Street/Oldtimers Festival
116th Street Festival
All American Guys
Adel Liquors
Adelante Magazine
Akut Magazin
American Indian College Fund
Aplauso NY
Apollo Male Models
Arena Nightclub

Artists Exposed with Tym Moss
ArtUp Gallery (Pittsburgh)
Audobon Ballroom
Authentic Boricua
BAAD (Bronx Academy of Arts and      Dance)
BeautifulMag
BelloMag
BET
Blake Magazine
BMG Models
Bo Concept NY
Boriken Neighborhood Health Center

Boxers Bar
Brooklyn Fashion Week
Brooklyn Salsa
Bronx LGBTQ Center
Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC)
Bronx Pride
Bronxnet TV
Bruno Gmuender Publishing

"Bull" (TV)
Burbujas de Deseo
Calientitos Fundraising Calendar
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Calligaris NY
Camaradas El Barrio
Caribbean Cultural Center
Casa Frela Gallery
Casa Latina Music Shop

Castro Bar
Cemi Underground Gallery
Center for Puerto Rican Studies/El Centro
CentroVoices
Christopher Street TV
CHULO
Copacabana Nightclub
Coverboy Magazine
"Daddy's Boy" (feature film)
Dancing in the Streets
Deep Mountain (Vermont)
"Despierta America"
Display Magazine
Dominican Day Parade

Dominican Life Magazine
Dominican Times Magazine
Dominus Magazine
DNA Magazine
DNA Online
Drugi Para Garca
Drums Along the Mohawk

 

 

Dylan Rosser's The Male Form
El Flamingo Nightclub
El Maestro Boxing Club
El Morocco Nightclub
El Museo del Barrio
EKS Magazyn
eroticco magazine
Escandalo Nights
Ethan Says
FantasticsMag
FAR Couture

Fashion Week Online

Fashionably Male

Faux Real Theater
Fordham University
Galeria Cemi
Gaylandia
Get Kids Off The Streets Project
GET OUT! Magazine
Gozamos
HAF (Harlem Arts Festival)
HAWT (Harlem Artists Walking Tour)
here (gallery and theater)
High School for Excellence
Hispanic.com
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Homotrophy
House of Adrian Alicea
HUF Magazine
HX Magazine
ICU
International Toy Theater Festival
"Ironside" (TV)
Island
Jambalaya
Jersey City Pride
Johnson State University
Julia de Burgos Cultural Center
La Nacional
Latin Expo
Latina Magazine
La Voz Hispana
Le Boy Bar
Leslie Lohman Gallery

LoisaidaFest

LoizaFest

Lugz NY
Mad Skills Magazine
Magnus Books
Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz      Memorial and Educational Center
Manhattan Repertory Theater
Mascular Magazine
Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week
Monaga
National Catholic Reporter
National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Next Magazine
Next Model Men
Nico & Adrian
No Parking Bar
NUVO TV

Nuyorican Poets Café
NYCBOE
NYCDOE
NY Fashion Week

NY Institute of Beauty
NYC Pride
Oakland Arts Center
OhlalaMag
Palladium Nightclub

Paper Magazine
Paragon Men
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Performance Space 122
Pop Impresska
Pregones Theater

Pretty Male Models
Puerto Rican Legal Defense  Fund/Latino Justice
Puerto Rican Parades (New York,  Sunset Park, Williamsburg)
Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
Rainbow Fashion Week
"Real Sex" (Danish TV)
RevGayMag
Riant Theater
Ricky Jarman

Ritz Bar & Lounge NY
Robbyne Kaamil, Ask Playgirl
Shoes Only Travel
Silver Models
SiTV
St. Ann's Warehouse
Staten Island Pride
Stickball Community Gallery
Summer Stage
Taino Towers
Taller Latino Americano Gallery
Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center
The Male Underwear
The Model Magazine
The Point
The Underwear Expert
TMF Magazine
TMF Website
Tito Puente Education Complex
Tropical Images: Brooklyn's Finest Dance Studio
Twisted Male Magazine
Unity Magazine
Univision
UPROSE Brooklyn
Uptown Fashion Week
Urban Latino Magazine

Vimeo
Violet Writes
VOICES, annual LGBT art show
West Side High School
"What It Was" (feature film)

Young Scholars Program NPRDP
Youngstown Public Schools

YouTube

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