Julio Del Rio

 Julio Del Rio assembled a small militia of powerful and strange, sometimes humanoid, ceramics figures (frequently seen on paper or canvas as well). Some are based on modern and post-modern sculptures by the likes of Jeff Koons or Georg Condo. Many of the figures sport a skin etched with text or symbols, creating a connection back in time with the terracotta warriors of ancient China. But, unlike the uniform drabness of the funerary sculptures, Del Rio’s pieces are glazed in burst of colors.


// Julio’s available work //

recent exhibition history

Be Heard. Speak Up. // organized by Fenwick & West NIAD Windows Exhibition NIAD Art Center 2020  

A Kind of Movement // organized by Jay Wehnert Portland Art And Learning Studio 2019 

Have/Hold // organized by Julia Schwartz NIAD Art Center 2019

Ether Here Nor There: Anthony Grant x NIAD // NIAD Art Center 2019

Turn To Stone // organized by Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2019

Butterfly, Sugar // organized by Bonanza NIAD Art Center 2019

Books, Man // organized by Mike Monteiro NIAD Art Center 2019

Redefining Contemporary Art // organized by Courtney Eldridge Depot Steamboat Springs 2019

Collective Memory: NIAD // organized by Hannah Mode 2019

Talking Heads: Figuration From Northern California Ceramicists // Curated organized by Susan Alexander and NIAD Art Center Museum of Northern California Art (monca) Chico 2018

Exquisite Corpse: CG x CE x NIAD // NIAD Art Center 2018

It’s Complicated // organized by Kathleen King NIAD Art Center 2018

Prints: An Overview NIAD Art Center 2018

Talking Heads // organized by Susan Alexander NIAD Art Center 2018

Cyrano // organized by Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2018

Can Did // organized by Julio Rodriguez NIAD Art Center 2018

All Of The Light // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2017

Heads // Left Field Gallery San Luis Obispo 2017

Word Play // organized by Kate Klingbeil NIAD Art Center 2017

Creature Feature // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2017

Souls And Scenarios // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2016

Adventure! // organized by Scott MacLeod NIAD Art Center 2015

Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015

Hermosas Criaturas: Ceramics And Drawings From Julio Del Rio // NIAD Art Center 2015

Making Friends // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2015

Avatar // organized by Justine Frischmann NIAD Art Center 2014

Check Your Head: Some Figurative Work // NIAD Art Center 2013

Where Have All The People Gone? // organized by Amy Miller Village Theatre Art Gallery Danville 2013

Yes To The Dress Pop-Up Shop // organized by Peter Gravener NIAD Art Center 2013

Diamond Dogs Pet Supply Pop-Up Shop // NIAD Art Center 2103

Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013

Spring Training // NIAD Art Center 2013

Superduperultracool Shoppe // organized by Lisa Solomon NIAD ART Center 2013

You Are Here // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2013

Outsider Art // organized by Phil Linhares and OMCA Oakland Airport 2103

recent press

Radio Free Richmond: Julio Del Rio Blends Animal And Imagination (2015, June)

San Francisco Chronicle: Art And Entertainment Picks, Aug. 18 (2013, August)

San Francisco Chronicle: NIAD Art Center’s Gifts Of Artistic Ability (2012, December)