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Check out Ricky Lesser’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ricky Lesser.

Ricky, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was raised a few blocks from the ocean, and it stuck. Every time I’ve been away from it for an extended period I feel it. I can sense it in my blood. When I return to the humidity and the salt in the air, that means I’m home, even if I’m on the other side of the planet. Most forms of expression that I’ve adopted, surfing, free diving, and photography, have been focused in this realm. The world around and below the surface of the water always held an extra draw to me, especially when it involves photography. Everything is a bit tougher, harder to obtain and holds such an elevated quality to it that can’t be found on dry land. I thrive in most things aquatic and creating art in this medium truly burns that fire for me.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I just recently had a gallery showcasing an underwater project three years in the making called “The Netherworlds”. I shot a handful of nude models off the coast of Catalina during an exceptionally warm and clear water spell. Steering the project in a slightly more abstract direction, I dispensed an EPA approved trace dye into the water. The nude forms suspended within the abyss of the Pacific Ocean were breathtaking and when the dye was added a concept was born, slightly obscure and downright beautiful. My intention was to leave the viewer in a state of wonder, intrigue, and mystery, all while having an honest portrayal of the subjects.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Finding their own voice amongst the masses. Unique style is a thing built of dedicated time to the passion. Trends pass and those riding them fade in kind. That said I feel the largest challenge facing artists in today’s world is the “War of Relevance”. Social media is an incredible tool and source of inspiration, yet it can be equally used against the viewer if misused. The worlds constant demand for content has flooded the internet and has made even the most creative of pieces last only for a fleeting moment. A campaign’s life went from the current season to the current week. True art has a greater shelf life if presented to proper outlets but even than it is not what to was. Creating beauty should be done from inside the artist and for no other reason. Trying to keep up with the insatiable lust of Instagram and similar addictions is futile and ultimately empty.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?

More projects are in the works, Tahiti and Cuba is all plays out.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 225 4th Manhattan Beach CA 90266
  • Website:
  • Phone: 310 8749424
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @rickylesser

Image Credit:
Underwater Models: Piper Kennedy, Tara Zepeda, Kinga Phillips
Creative: Danny klein
Photography: Ricky Lesser

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