Rico Eastman


Rico Eastman (b. 1952) received his Bachelor of Fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he has been a visiting artist at many colleges, universities and art centers across the United States. Eastman’s work is held in several national and international private and public collections including the Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; California State University, Fullerton, CA; College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Garrett Ltd., Waterford, Ireland; Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; Hyatt International, Beaver Creek, CO; Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI; The State of New Mexico; University of Texas, El Paso, TX; Waly Corporation, Hong Kong, China; and Western State College, Gunnison, CO. Eastman has current and past public outdoor installations at venues across the United States including: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; the Mitchell Museum and Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, Mt. Vernon, IL; the City of Northlake, Northlake, IL; the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM; and The Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, AZ. 

Eastman, who died on December 21, 2012, created large-scale, steel sculptures that reflected his interest in abstraction, rhythmic pattern, space and tension. His sculptures are comprised of a series of interlocking planes that curve and slip into one another, like individual puzzle pieces, to former a larger abstract construction. With massive sheets of rolled Corten steel, Eastman was effortless able to manipulate gravity and metal alike into large-scale constructs of soaring tension and exquisite beauty. The massive Corten steel pieces are held in place by gravity and weight tensions on the points of transition. Although the individual steel planes are large and heavy (each weighing several hundred pounds), their interlocking construction and thin forms appear to delicately balance on only a few points and edges to suggest something light and transitory.