Ricardo Gouveia

Portuguese muralist, painter, and political artist, Ricardo Gouveia was born on the island of Madeira. He earned a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Stanford University. He lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

He has designed several installations as part of the 2006 Liverpool Biennial. He is considered by some art critics and curators to be part of the first generation of the San Francisco Mission School art movement. In 2005, he created a statue based on the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute titled Victory Salute, a twenty-two-foot tall monument of two men: Tommie Smith and John Carlos. Victory Salute is a monument of that moment that was specifically built on the San Jose State University campus because Smith and Carlos were both student-athletes at the college. His work is in the collection of di Rosa, SFMOMA, and the Berardo Collection.

The bulk of Rigo's work more literally highlights world politics and political prisoners from the Black Panthers and the Angola Three to Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose conviction for the murder of a policeman is contested, and the American Indian Movement's Leonard Peltier. Rigo created a controversial statue of Peltier that was removed from the grounds of the American University in January 2017.

Artist Info


April 20 1966

Madeira, Portugal