R. Bea Rios (b. 1977 in Mexico City) explores the connections between faith, human experience, narratives, and identity through the usage of figurative form, photography, and painting.
Bea has a B.S. in Studio Art from Biola University in La Mirada, California, an M.S. in Clinical Counseling from California State University, Fullerton, and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Bea currently works in mental health serving underpriviledged children and families in the Los Angeles area.
St. Paul's "to know nothing except Christ crucified" has been a way of life for many witnesses of the Christian faith and an artistic subject matter through out western art history, including in colonial Latin America. The juxtaposition of victory through suffering expressed in the crucifixion was more than a dogmatic idea, for many it was their climax to their spiritual reality. By looking back at these ancient narratives and the crucifixion itself, I aim to discover the transformative power of triumph in the midst of pain through the usage of light, figurative form, and photography.