Ricci Albenda was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1966. He earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence in 1988. Throughout his career, Albenda has experimented with text as an entity that is at once visual and linguistic, personal and collective, sensual and intellectual. Most of his text paintings adhere to an “alphabetic colorization system” called COLOR-I-ME-TRY, conceived by the artist in 1996 and revised in 2004, which mathematically codes each letter according to the color spectrum. Ricci is also known for his ability to transform spaces. Albenda has bisected galleries horizontally, bored tunnels into walls to create spaces that resemble the delicate interior of conch shells, and, in a few cases, built entire rooms according to series of skewed, but perfectly calculated, perspectival dimensions.