| Ricardo Bloch was the youngest of four children born in Mexico City of French parents exiled by WW II.
After securing a B.Sc. in Physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, he obtained a Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard University, doing his research in the laboratory of Walter Gilbert. Subsequently, during a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he discovered documentary photography, and eventually abandoned his work in science.
He completed several photographic projects in Colorado before relocating to St. Paul, MN, where he continued to pursue his love of photography, doing projects in the US and Mexico. During this period, fostered by his discovery of desktop publishing software, he began creating artist's books—which have become the focal point of his work and passion.
He has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation the McKnight Foundations and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bush Foundation supported a two-year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. He has remained in Paris since then, and receives commissions for his work throughout France and abroad.
His photographs and artist's books are in the public collections of the Walker Art Center, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, among others.