Ricky Schaede was born in 1993 in Brampton, Ontario. His father introduced him to painting and drawing at a young age, and Ricky grew up with a love for art. His childhood was fuelled by a hunger for knowledge, and by his imagination. After delving into creative writing and feeling unsure of what to do next, Ricky found his voice as a visual artist upon returning home from a series of sacred fire ceremonies in Guatemala at the age of 19.
Since discovering his passion for painting, Ricky has exhibited his work internationally, been featured in publications, won multiple awards, and sold pieces to collectors in Ontario and Quebec. He also co-founded Club Art, a not-for-profit youth arts project whose mandate is to create a safe, inspiring space for youth to experience and create art. Through his efforts with Club Art, he positively impacts his community and uses art as a tool to inspire and uplift others. In 2015 and 2016, Ricky traveled to Austria to study the Mische Technique with Philip Rubinov Jacobson and Mantra Cora, an early renaissance technique considered to be a sacred treasure, infusing paintings with ‘an inner light’. In 2015, Ricky joined the Canadian Society for Art of the Imagination, participating in their exhibit in Montreal in October 2015, and in Manhattan at ONE Art Space, in April 2017. Ricky’s recent solo show ‘The Triumph of Life’ took place at Maggiolly Art during the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival in June 2017. Ricky’s work also includes his role as an art instructor at Maggiolly Art in Orangeville, where he was worked since 2014. Teaching a variety of classes for kids and adults, both to groups and privately, he loves to share the joy of art with others.
As he forges forward, his work continues to evolve and expand as he gains technical knowledge and skill, as well as life experience and wisdom. The fantastical world he explores in his paintings has only just begun to reveal itself to him, and he is always excited and surprised by what ends up on his canvas. Ricky’s plans for the future are to continue creating and refining his body of work with the goal of seeking gallery representation and exhibiting his work more extensively internationally. To view his work, visit his website at www.RickySchaede.com