Born and raised in Hastings, Minnesota, Rick grew up alongside the Mississippi River and moved to Chicago, Illinois in 2009 for school. During his time in school he worked for Stepping Out, Inc, a residential living program in Minnesota for adults with Prader Willi Syndrome, and taught private swimming lessons to children with disabilities at Galter Life Center. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Park University in 2013. Rick continues to live and work in Chicago. He joined the Arts of Life in March 2015, is on staff at Comfort Station–a multi-disciplinary art space in the Logan Square neighborhood, and is affiliated with Pitchfork Music Festival. Primarily a painter, his practice centers around the questions of embodiment and is heavily influenced by literature. He was the featured cover artist for OCHO’s Spring 2015 issue and exhibits with an arts collective he co-founded in the fall of 2013.