San Juan, PR, 1982
San Juan, PR, 1982
Printmaker, illustrator and video artist. In 2007 obtained a bachelor's degree in printmaking and art education from the University of Puerto Rico. Currently lives and works in New York, where he is finalizing his Master of Arts at Hunter College. He is the recipient of several awards for his artistic work, among them the Lexus Grant in 2009, First Prize at Certamen de Arte Joven of Oriental Bank in 2008 and an Honorable Mention in the Print Category at Certamen Nacional from Ateneo Puertorriqueño in 2007. He has participated in an endless number of group exhibitions since 2004 in different parts of the world, including the United States, Uruguay, Poland and Japan. In 2007 he achieved his first solo exhibition at Galería Guatíbiri in Rio Piedras entitled 5 Palabras con “P”.
"Perpetrators, victims, aggressors, oppressors, assassins, corpses, etc."
These are just a few of the terms which start to describe the ideas that come to my mind at the time of creating or making "art". Through my work I study the infinite powers of human beings and their consequences, not by the use of weapons, although like many other symbols, these appear in my work in a metaphorical way, but in a verbal and expressive manner through the use of limbs and gestural expressions.
In some of my recent work, I have decided to include a few general texts but specific at the same time, not to take over or possess the imagination of the viewer, but to make them participate of my "proposals" and to play with the “course of the words".
I also create a string of characters which appear with different masks, to create doubts in the mind of the viewer, whether they have ever run into one of my characters in their lives.
I often use in my work the image of the female's body to represent the plurality of all human beings, be it male, female, or androgen, therefore "we are all in the same boat".
"The disciplines I work with are: print (collography, wood engraving, monotype, drypoint and xerography), drawing (pencil graphite), painting and photography."
Christopher Rivera, 2007
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