Richard Medina is an artist based in Chicago, IL. He has exhibited at Heaven Gallery, Union Street Gallery, Robert T. Wright Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He served as the Biennial Committee Co-Chair for the nonprofit organization Terrain Exhibitions, and directed the Terrain Biennial 2019. He holds a BFA with Distinction from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2021).
My work explores myths of the American empire. I’m interested in the darkness behind historical American narratives, from the role Manifest Destiny played in westward expansion to stories of cannibalism and murder aboard whaling vessels. My paintings search for an uncomfortable balance between absurdist humor and recontextualized history.