Kenny Rivero

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Studio Interior
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Artwork
El Pique
Ft. Wash Fire
Hombre Murciélago
Homage to Homage
Incandescent Light
Kenny
Rivero
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.

Bio/Resume

Edu
2012
Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

MFA, Painting and Printmaking
2006
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

BFA, Honors, Fine Art Concentration, 2006

sel. slo ex.
2012

5 and 7 or 12, The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT
2010

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

sel. grp ex.
2014
Soul, Novella Gallery, New York, NY
Do the Yale Thing, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
2013
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

Res/Awds
2014-2015
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, New York, NY
2011

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

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

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