1993 Inductee - Richard Rios

1993 Inductee - Richard Rios

Credit to Arturo Vera for the picture.

1993 Mexican American Hall of Fame Inductee

Richard Rios has many loves: painting, drawing, playing guitar and singing, sculpting, writing poetry, short stories, and plays. He has met with many successes in these areas. In art, his first love, Richard holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Rios holds a second Masters Degree in English, from CSU, Turlock and loves to write.

Richard started his career as a teacher at San Joaquin Delta College in 1972 specializing in Chicano/Mexican Studies courses such as Chicano Literature, Mexican Art, and Mexican and Chicano History. As director of the Teatro, he wrote and directed numerous original plays including “The Death of Beto Perez” and “El Dolor de Perdonar”, many of which were performed through the community at middle schools, high schools, and the California Youth Authority.

For several years, he was co-writer/performer for the infamous “Cho & Lo” comedy duo, playing the role of “Lo with his partner, the late Richard Zapata. Many still recall KUOP’s second segments to complex mini-series composed of 6-10 episodes that sought to combine barrio humor with messages about pride, education and peace among gangs. The project culminated in producing 13 episodes on a grant from National Public Radio for KUOP-FM which aired in various cities across the southwest. Live performances were taken to the county jail, Deuel Vocational, and the California Youth Authority, among other institutions and local schools. The humor and messages were enjoyed by educators, parents, students, prisoners, as well as parish priests.

Richard’s art work has been exhibited throughout California in numerous shows and galleries including the Alan Short Gallery, Galeria Posada in Sacramento, MARS Gallery in Albuquerque, Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, La Raza Graphics Center and The Mexican Museum in San Francisco. His sculptures which he creates with his wife Graciela, have also been featured in Low Rider and Caminos Magazines and are part of numerous private collections including the Mexican Museum, The Oakland Historical Museum, Tomas Ybarra-Frausto, Peter Rodriquez, Raoul Mora and Joe Mariscal.

Rios has recently published his own book of poems titled Burritos and Baloney Sandwiches and plans to write and publish during his retirement years, “Si Dios me da vida”, he adds. His poems have been published in Sighs and Songs of Aztlan, Cloverdale Review of Criticism and Poetry, and Wind In The Night Sky National Anthology of Poetry.