Bank RI Gallery

about the gallery

The BankRI Gallery is a public exhibition space showcasing the distinctive works of contemporary artists living and working in Rhode Island.

Since 1998, BankRI has proudly celebrated the talent and vision of Rhode Island visual artists with three branch galleries. To this day, the bank continues to support and laud the efforts of Rhode Island’s creative community. The galleries are popular exhibition spaces, with exhibits rotating on a monthly basis.

The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate. See her work at

One Turks Head Place
Providence, Rhode Island, 02903
Mon–Weds: 8:30am–4pm
Thurs–Fri: 8:30am–5pm

Wheelchair Accessible

May press release

BankRI Turks Head Gallery Presents:

“Paintings by Angel Cajigas-Arbelo”

May 2 through June 5, 2019. The branch is located at One Turks Head Place in downtown Providence.  Hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:30 am to 4 pm and Thursday and Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm. The branch is closed on weekends. There will be a Gallery Night Providence reception on May16 from 5 to 8:30 pm with Mark Armstrong on guitar and light refreshments.   

For more information, call 401-574- 1330 or check


What does the face of depression look like?  Can you communicate a state of mind through a drawing or a painting? The young aspiring artist Angel Cajigas-Arbelo tries to do just that. Using a surrealistic approach and drawing from personal observation, he paints unusual scenes of people and nature that convey the many moods of humankind.

Born in Puerto Rico, Cajigas-Arbelo came to Rhode Island in 2003 when he was five years old.  His memories of the island are saturated with vibrant colors, tropical settings and passionate storytelling.  For the past 15 years Cajigas-Arbelo, his sister and parents, pastors in a Pentecostal Church in Pawtucket, have lived in Cranston or Providence.  Although his parents are not artists, they encouraged him and his sister to “explore creative endeavors.”

Cajigas-Arbelo loves working from nature and observation.  His own experiences growing up fuel his desire to share through his art.  “I personally had experiences with issues of my mental health,” says Cajigas-Arbelo.  “[Making art] was a great way to cope with my depression. I was taking care of myself.”

Combining his love of nature with an interest in surrealism, Cajigas-Arbelo’s paintings tell stories.  “Staggering Paths” is a painting of an actual stag. The landscape shimmers in rich color around him, but the stag remains still, frozen in the moment waiting to decide which way to go.

“Lala Land” is a self-portrait of a young man determined to find himself.  The colors are deep rich blues, rose and cool yellows. Patterns spill over his face like sunshine and shadow and remind the viewer of tribal markings.  Cajigas-Arbelo has a deep interest in the Taino, the indigenous tribe of Puerto Rico, and is in the process of learning more about one of the cultures that helped to shape him.

Cajigas-Arbelo’s ultimate goal is a career in the health sector.  He envisions a life where his art can help people overcome their problems.  “You will encounter difficult things in your life,” says Cajigas-Arbelo. “You need to be able to face that full front.”

The BankRI Galleries featured the artworks of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts contemporary artists and are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.