Meet Kean University’s Artist-in-Residence, Kean Alumnus Ricardo Roig ’08

April 2024

Kean University alumnus and artist Ricardo Roig ’08 has established a scholarship for Kean fine arts students in support of the University where he developed his signature style and currently serves as artist-in-residence.

The Roig Family Art Scholarship, created by Roig and his family, is an endowed fund to provide financial aid in perpetuity to students at Kean majoring in fine arts.

The contemporary artist announced the scholarship in January as he opened his solo exhibition, Layers of Life, in the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery on Kean’s Union campus. The exhibition features Roig’s signature hand-cut art, large-scale collage and works on canvas and will be on display through Friday, May 24.

Roig creates innovative, colorful, hand-cut prints. Since Fall 2023, he has shared his talent and artistic vision with students and the Kean community as the University’s artist-in-residence. In that role, he created a human rights-themed mural on Kean’s Union campus, WE DECLARE, that honors historical figures, living legends and grassroots activists in the international human rights movement.

At Kean, he is collaborating with the Galleries at Kean, College of Liberal Arts, Fine Arts Department and Office of Career Services, enhancing the curriculum with hands-on learning for students through workshops, industry networking, internships and entrepreneurial instruction on gallery management.

Roig earned a B.A. in fine arts in painting and printmaking at Kean in 2008 and later earned his teaching certification. He has said he includes some blue in every work of art in tribute to his alma mater.

Roig owns and operates art galleries in Hoboken, Westfield and Boston.

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