Rene Ricard

American art critic

Albert Napoleon "Rene" Ricard (July 23, 1946 – February 1, 2014) was an American poet, actor, art critic, and painter.

He was born on July 23, 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised in Acushnet. At age eighteen, he became a protégé of Andy Warhol. He appeared in the Warhol movies Kitchen (1965), Chelsea Girls (1966), and The Andy Warhol Story (1966). In the 1980s, he wrote a series of influential essays for Artforum magazine. Ricard was openly gay. At the time of his death, he was living at the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York City with his partner, Rita Barros, a Portuguese artist and photographer.[1]

He died from cancer on February 1, 2014 at the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. He was 67.[2]


  1. "Rene Ricard biography". Archived from the original on February 16, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  2. "Rene Ricard, Poet, Painter, Art Critic and Warhol Superstar, Dead". Rolling Stone. February 1, 2014. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014.

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