At least some of my work is meant to be interactive. My Klimt inspired, “Fritza, Bitte Setzen,” for the moment hanging in my family room, invites Frau Riedler to come out of her portrait into the chair by my piano and listen to someone play. Visitors often sit in her chair, and knowingly or not, becoming part of the composition.

Most of my inspirations come from modern masters or earlier. I like to bring their original genius into an expanded, contemporary context of my own design.

I paint with acrylics, metallics and plasters. I sometimes photograph my work and continue creating digitally, then print on canvas or some other substrate and continue painting. I am drawn to beauty, peace and harmony, inside the art world and out.

Ricardo Peláez

I find inspiration from images of master works from the history of Western art. A photo of a painting may inspire me to investigate an artist further and explore his or her other works. Once I choose an image or set of images, I select from them elements that may be representational, abstract or decorative, including patterns, faces, and objects, and these become the vocabulary for my new pieces.

My vision is three-dimensional. I prefer to create for a space than a flat wall. I produce or find a series of objects and bring them together, while defining their relationships to each other and the whole.

Some of the objects I’ve incorporated into my installations include Gehry benches, Wiggle chairs, Ghost chairs, Rococo plastic patio furniture, Jake Phipps top hat pendant lights, antiques I buy at a store near my house, and acrylic tables and picture frames I design and have fabricated.