Kenny Rivero

Studio Building
Studio Interior
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Studio Location
Los Infelices y Los Encantados, Oil and acrylic on canvas 60” x 50”
Two Chairs, Graphite on text book paper 9" × 12"
Jugetes, Sweep pile accumulated after various activities in which I played in my studio
Where the People Lived, Oil, acrylic, color pencil, and wooden window on panel approx 50” x 47”
7 and 5 Hugging, Oil and acrylic on canvas 62” x 70”
Artist's Statement

The reconfiguration of materials from various sources allows me to use the fragments of every part of my life, every place I’ve been, to form new objects that facilitate my understanding in terms of who I am and what I can become. As Derek Walcott states in his Nobel Laureate lecture, “Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.”

My paintings emerge from the same re-imagination of fragments. Hip-hop, Ifa, numerology, television, Jazz, Manhattan, Nigeria, Spain, and their histories and myths inform the narratives I construct in my paintings. Each work doesn’t borrow exclusively from any one of these sources. Activity and constant engagement with the objects in my studio generate everything in my practice. I'm painting when I am watering my plants; I'm running when I'm painting.


Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, MFA, Painting and Printmaking, 2012
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, BFA, Honors, Fine Art, 2006
Solo Shows
5 and 7 or 12, The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT
We'll Take Manhattan, P.S.122 Classroom Gallery, New York, NY
We Fight but First We Dance, Go Fish Gallery, Go Fish Gallery, New York, NY
I Can Be A King, Home of Dalida Vasquez, New York, NY
Selected Group Shows
The Everything That Stored the Boy, Bump Storage, New York, NY
Eyes Off the Flag, Motus Fort Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
301, La Casa Cultural at Yale University, New Haven, CT
Bosch Young Talent Show, Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Octet, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Fresh Ingredients, Zed Gallery, Miami, FL
Constructivismo 2006, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York, NY