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Peñalver (1937-1995), the quintessential surrealistic artist of his generation, was a prolific painter before his paralysis in 1979. The dynamic artwork of this highly visible San Francisco Bay Area artist was greatly impacted, and his work was limited in scale as he depicted his transition from walking to wheels in hundreds of paintings. By virtue of his tenacity, he taught himself to paint left-handed. Eventually, he regained the use of his right hand and with the aid of brush extensions, he rediscovered his art and worked on a large scale again.
Creativity (c.1987); is one of a number of imaginative urban owls, with distinctive and sometimes peculiar characteristics Ricardo painted in his studio. He paints a surreal portrait of himself in Creativity. The pocket watch, chain and fob we see in the vest were worn by Ricardo. He balances himself on the ball and teaches classes to the other owls about the world and how to navigate obstacles in life. They became the artist's little companions as well as essential sources of humor and inspiration.
Creativity is one of 13 of Ricardo's owls that were featured in a promotional calendar for the CA Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons including a PSA on CBS KPIX-TV San Francisco in 2002.
April 13th, 2020
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