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Rico Fonseca, the Artist of Greenwich Village
June 6, 1942 ~ May 8, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Rico Fonseca, the Artist of Greenwich Village Obituary
“A Colorful Life” - Rico Fonseca, a brilliant artist known for his vibrant and unique artwork, passed away peacefully on May 8th 2023 in his home in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Rico's life was a symbol of resilience, hope, and creativity. Born in Lima, Peru, Rico developed his artistic talent at a young age and dreamed of becoming a world-renowned artist. With only $25 in his pocket, he hitchhiked his way up the Pan-American Highway and arrived in Miami three months later. Rico's journey was a testament to his courage, his resilience, and his unwavering faith in his dreams.
Rico was an iconic figure, with thick curly hair and colorful beanies he became known as the artist of Greenwich Village. For over 50 years, he sat by Washington Square Park in NYC, selling his artwork and inspiring others with his unique style and vision. From painting on driftwood on his way to America, to making murals in New York city, Rico Fonseca has left his mark on this world. His artwork graced the pages of many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and Playboy, and his pieces were admired by famous people, including Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.
Rico's legacy will continue to inspire us all to live a life full of color, creativity, and hope. He is survived by his only child Fabian Fonseca and step children, Donya, Gary, Byron, and Debbie, Casey . Rest in peace, Rico. You will be deeply missed.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from Noon til 3:00PM at Kniffen O'malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services, 465 S. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.