Rick Bahto lives in Los Angeles. He has exhibited work utilizing still and motion picture photography, sound, and performance at a variety of museums, galleries, microcinemas, film festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, and scenic locations spanning the Northern Hemisphere, including commissions from Monday Evening Concerts and The Huntington. As a member of the EPFC Co-op, he is a co-recipient of an inaugural Artist Project Grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.
His interest in music has led him to both collaborate with and perform works by various composers, including Casey Anderson, Ashley Bellouin, Luciano Chessa, Julia Holter, and Mark So. In addition to creating work for album art by some of the above musicians, he has made several music videos for Julia Holter, and his portraits of artists including Julia Holter, Laida Lertxundi, and Tashi Wada have been printed in The New York Times, Bomb, Vogue España, The Wire, MOJO, and numerous other publications
He has curated programs of experimental film and video, performance, and music, including regular programming at the Echo Park Film Center, as well as programs at REDCAT and the wulf. in Los Angeles, Artist’s Television Access and San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, Exploded View in Tuscon, Yale University in New Haven, and others.
He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004, and has himself taught at the Echo Park Film Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and Otis College of Art and Design. He is currently working on his MFA at the University of California, Riverside.