Ricky Mujica


Born and raised in New York, Ricky Mujica started painting at the age of 15 as a student at High School of Art and Design where he was a member of the legendary “Early Morning Painting Group”, run by Max Ginsburg and Irwin Greenberg.
After high school, Ricky won a full Presidential Scholarship and continued his art education at Parsons School of Design/ New School and Parsons in Paris. While attending Parsons, Ricky continued to paint with the High School of Art and Design “Early Morning Painting” which was affectionately renamed “The Old Hat Club”.
Ricky’s connection to, and affection for the Old Masters has helped him achieve a high level of success as an illustrator. Ricky Mujica has created book jacket art for nearly all the top publishing companies including Harper Collins, Harlequin, Bantam, Little Brown Books, Hard Case Crime, and Scholastic. He has made illustrations for New York Times Magazine, Daily News, Ebony Magazine, and Cherry 7-UP. He has painted murals for Sony and Leows theaters, and has made paintings used on clothes for fashion designer Rachel Roy. His artwork has been presented at the Museum of American Illustration on several occasions.
Since his return to Fine Art, Ricky Mujica has received many awards, including a first place at the April round of The Representational Art Conference 2015 competition (TRAC2015), where his work was exhibited. He has been a finalist and a certificate of merit recipient in the Portrait Society of America International competition on several occasions. He has been a finalist in the OPA National, Regional and members competitions, the Salmagundi Club members and non-members competitions, the Allied Artists Competitions, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters National competitions, the Richeson Competitions, the Artist Magazine figurative art competitions, and the ARC International Salon Competitions, he won an Art Expo Solo Award, and he received an Honorable Mention in the Figurativas competition in Barcelona (and had his painting printed in the Figurativas catalog). Most recently, Ricky won the Florence and Ernest Thompson Memorial Award at the 103 Allied Artists Exhibition and is now a Signature Status Member of the International Portrait Society.
Ricky has lived in Africa, Norway, Germany, Mexico, France, Spain, Japan, England, Italy, and Australia.
Ricky looks to Rembrandt, Velasquez, and Kathe Kollwitz for inspiration.