Dennis Mario Rivera
Rio Piedras, PR, 1957
Rio Piedras, PR, 1957
Printmaker, painter, draftsman, photographer, musician. Rivera studied at the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts and the National Center for Arts in San Juan. In 1983 he founded the Museo Sin Techo a Sol y Agua in Old San Juan. He took part in the 1984 Berlin Biennial and the Mini Print International in Cadaqués, Barcelona, in 1988, where he was the only Puerto Rican represented. Recognitions of his work include an honorable mention at the Ninth San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean Prints in 1990 and the first prize for drawing at the National Arts Competition of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico in 1991. In 1995, his work was shown at the OAS Museum in Washington, DC. His works deal, often sarcastically, with island politics, but often, too, celebrate urban and rural landscapes. They are also frequently influenced by music, particularly Afro-Caribbean music, a profession the artist pursues in parallel with his visual arts career both in Puerto Rico and abroad. His painting is filled with color; symbols such as African masks and aircraft in flight figure large in his imaginary.
"I come from music. Contrary to my colleague painters, whose education is usually academic and use the inherited color of other painters and other schools, the color that you see in my work is the color of music. I learned the chromatic scales for clarinet (instrument that I also studied), and as a painter could do something that actual musicians could not do themselves; see the color in music (because musicians do not see, but interpret the notes). In that sense I say music lead me to paint".
Source: de Laosa, Marilú. De la música a la pintura: Dennis Mario Rivera.
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Moreno, María Cristina. “Estreno a golpe de congas”. El Nuevo Día, Magazine (San Juan, PR), 10 de agosto de 1997, p. 2.
Rivera, Dennis Mario. “A sonar los tambores a sonar”. El Nuevo Día, Revista Domingo (San Juan, PR), 28 de julio de 1991, pp. 12-15.
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