According to a peer, his cartoons, regularly published in Santa Fe’s newspaper, always reflect “the irony native people feel and express in humor”.
The irony is, perhaps, that in his cartoon paintings, people are not really different, no matter their cultural background.
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, memories of childhood.
Dad is bemused by how shallow the water is, compared to his memory of childhood; he doesn’t realize that his son is submerged to exactly the depth Dad remembers!
Always gentle, but on target, Ric’s paintings evoke laughter that comes from the viewer’s recognition of the human condition.
Funny, acutely observed, and visually charming, his work is a complete delight.