Kenny Rivero

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
El Pique
Ft. Wash Fire
Hombre Murciélago
Homage to Homage
Incandescent Light
Artist's Statement

As I work through a variety of media, primarily painting, drawing, and sculpture, I often begin by contemplating the convoluted histories of New York City and the Dominican Republic. Along with the occasional reference to popular narratives and accepted notions of history, the content of my work pulls from anecdotes from my own family and the collective memory developed by the people living in these two places.
Ultimately, my aim is to deconstruct the histories and identities I have been conditioned to understand as absolute, in order to reengineer these parts into new wholes, with new functions. This process allows me to creatively explore, and come to terms with, the broken narrative of Dominican American identity, socio-geographic solidarity, familial expectations, race, and gender roles. As a result, I tend to consider the products of my practice syncretic in nature.


Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

MFA, Painting and Printmaking
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

BFA, Honors, Fine Art Concentration, 2006

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5 and 7 or 12, The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT

We'll Take Manhattan, P.S.122 Classroom Gallery, 2010 New York, NY

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Soul, Novella Gallery, New York, NY
Do the Yale Thing, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
For Ed: Splendor in the Grass with Olympic Lad & Lass, Yale University Greene Gallery, New Haven, CT
La Bienal: Here is Where We Jump, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, New York, NY

Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Travel Grant, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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2014 -
Adj. Faculty, Visual and Critical Studies Department, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY