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Artist Profile - Ricky Watts

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Artist Profile - Ricky Watts

by Vesta Copestakes

Ricky Watts' obsession with art began at an early age. Although unverified, his mother would tell you he was drawing before he could walk. As a boy, he loved comics, especially doodling his own. Most often they involved glorious battles between the U.S. Army and Nuclear Dinosaurs. In grade school, he would draw his Petaluma Clock Towerpeers names in exchange for bartered items. By high school, his entrepreneurial efforts were funding his weekly lunch allowance. High school was also when Watts fell for his first love, graffiti. Fascinated with spray paint as a medium, he was fully engaged in painting elaborate pieces under the cover of night. After graduation, he traveled up and down the west coast, painting large scale murals and establishing himself as a premier artist in the scene.


Looking to expand, Watts attended the Art Institute of California in San Diego with an emphasis in graphic design. 

Unsatisfied with the curriculum, Watts left after two years and returned to the bay area to focus on fine art. In 2004, Watts' debut solo show "Spontaneous Combustion" opened at Heebe Jeebe General Store in Petaluma. The exhibition received rave reviews and nearly sold out opening night, thus fueling the creative fire inside him.

He has gone on to exhibit at galleries i

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n San Francisco, Oakland, New York City, London, Los Angeles, Portland, Miami, Atlanta, and throughout Northern California. Watts' commission list includes Google, Merceds Benz, IBM, Anchor Brewing Co. and Zevia.