Ricardo Cate is a serious participant in his Pueblo culture, and acclaimed as a Master cartoonist, filmmaker, artist, teacher and stand-up comic.
His comedy is often rooted in intercultural concepts, but this delightful painting is universal: parents, kids, and school.
His cartoons, regularly published in Santa Fe’s newspaper, always reflect “the irony native people feel and express in humor”, according to a peer.
Here, the irony is, perhaps, that people are not really different, no matter their cultural background.
This domestic vignette will inspire smiles of rueful familiarity from parents – and former schoolchildren – everywhere.
The figures are Native, but you can easily imagine Dennis the Menace in the same situation; kids and parents are the same, even when different.
Painted with vibrant color and a fine composition, this is another of Ric Cate’s remarkably delightful paintings.
It would make an especially apt gift for a teacher, or teacher-to-be.