Maldonado, a self-taught painter, enjoys paintings and experimenting with color. Says Ricardo Maldonado of his work, "My preferred subjects are related to nature and the outdoors, where the light and the colors change often with the seasons and the time of day. Those changes, subtle or abrupt, are always a challenge to the artist. To me, painting is a hobby and a discipline. Painting has taught me to see things in a different way, observing every detail more carefully and consciously, and ultimately appreciating more deeply what I see." Ricardo has exhibited his work extensively throughout New England and has been included in exhibits at the Boston Convention Center, Logan Airport, the Gutman Library at Harvard University among others and participates in the Cambridge Open Studios tour.