• The red drop

    “The red drop”

    Date 1998
    Dimensions 38"x 50"
    Category Painting
    Medium Mixed media on paper
    Genre Abstract
    Period 20th Century
  • Self-portrait

    “Self-portrait”

    Date 2000
    Dimensions 58 3/8"x 59 1/2"
    Category Print
    Medium Woodcut on paper
    Genre Self-portrait
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement Gift of: Banco Gubernamental de Fomento para Puerto Rico
  • The Jimaguas

    “The Jimaguas”

    Date 1998
    Dimensions 38"x 50"
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic and oil on paper
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
  • Brigitte

    “Brigitte”

    Date 1990
    Dimensions 38"x 50"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil and acrylic on paper
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
  • Poster from Claridad Festival

    “Poster from Claridad Festival”

    Date 1993
    Dimensions 18"x 24"
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic on board panel
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • African Latino, Detail

    “African Latino, Detail”

    Date 1997
    Dimensions 38"x 50"
    Category Painting
    Medium Mixed media on paper
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
  • The inhabitant

    “The inhabitant”

    Date 1997
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic on cloth
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
  • Don Tite

    “Don Tite”

    Date 2002
    Dimensions 38"x 50"
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic and charcoal on paper
    Genre Portrait
    Period 21st Century
  • The face of the yellow hat

    “The face of the yellow hat”

    Date 1997
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • The model’s name is Andi

    “The model’s name is Andi”

    Date 1990
    Dimensions 18"x 24"
    Category Drawing
    Medium Pastel on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century

Dennis Mario Rivera

San Juan, P.R., 1957

Biography Details

Printmaker, painter, illustrator, photographer and musician. He studied at the National Center for the Arts in San Juan (1976) and the School of Visual Arts of San Juan (1978). In 1983, he started the “Museum Without a Roof Exposed to Sun and Water” project in Old San Juan, an annual outdoor installation of paper artwork that adheres to the walls of the buildings on San Sebastián Street in Old San Juan. He participated in the Berlin Biennial (1984), in the Mini Print International in Cadaqués, Barcelona (1988), and in numerous exhibitions in America and Europe. In 1990 the Boinayel Gallery of Santo Domingo –based in Puerto Rico– awarded him a scholarship that allowed him to study in France for three months. The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., among others, has recognized his work. His work exposes themes of island politics, often with sarcasm, and celebrates the countryside and the urban landscape. It also depicts the influence of music, in particular the Afro‑Caribbean rhythms, an area that the artist develops in parallel with his visual arts on the island and abroad.

Artist Statement

"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.

Formation

Education 

1978

  • Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1976-1977

  • Centro Nacional de las Artes, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Professional Experience

2005

  • Cast. Puerto Rican film "Ladrones y Mentirosos", San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Producer. Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest, San Juan, Puerto Rico  

1983

  • Founder. Museo Sin Techo A Sol y Agua, Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, Puerto Rico  

1979

  • Graphuc Designer and Photographer, VIII Juegos Panamericanos, San Juan, Puerto Rico  

1986

  • Professor of Printmaking, Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, Universidad de Puerto Rico,Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico  

1975

  • Director. D.M.R. Workshop, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

1998

  • Fusión, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

1996

  • Dennis Mario en San Juan, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • De los que parí en París, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Equal Rights & Justice and Reflections on Rights, Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, Washington DC, United States

1995

  • Expresión Diversa, Organization of American States, Washington DC, United States

1994

  • Afro Caribe, Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, United States
  • Una ofrenda de color a los perseguidos, Museo de Historia y Cultura Puertorriqueña, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1992

  • De todo un poco, Taller Galería Duey, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Lo nunca antes visto, Galería Rojo y Negro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989

  • Afro Caribe Encantado, Museo del Grabado Latinoamericano, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Afro Caribe Encantado, Barcelona, Spain

1988

  • Afro Caribe Encantado, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, United States

1986

  • Exposición de grabados,Colegio San Antonio, Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1985

  • Situaciones que Existen, Galería Francisco Oller, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983

  • I Instalación del Museo Sin Techo a Sol y Agua, Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1980

  • Colegio San Antonio Abad, Humacao, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2012

  • Interconexiones: Lecturas curatoriales de la Colección del MAPR, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989

  • Festival Mundial de la Juventud y los Estudiantes, Pyongyang, Korea
  • VII presentación colectiva de obras de artistas puertorriqueños, Museo Sin Techo a Sol y Agua, Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988

  • VI presentación colectiva de obras de artistas puertorriqueños, Museo Sin Techo a Sol y Agua, Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Arte Bajo el Sol, Goldfeder Gallery, New York, United States
  • En Trazos de Jazz, Tony’s The Jazz Club, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Los 5 en el Coabey, El Coabey, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Navidad ’88, Galería Ruby, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Bienal de Miniaturas, Barcelona, Spain

1987

  • La xilografía en Puerto Rico 1950-1986, Galería de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Galerías Nacionales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Galería Ruby, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • V presentación colectiva de obras de artistas puertorriqueños, Museo Sin Techo a Sol y Agua, Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1986

  • Grabados en Metal, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Galería Ruby, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La xilografía en Puerto Rico de 1950-1986, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Recordando a Kate Kolwitz, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Arte en el Pasillo ¿Culpable o Inocente?, La Petite Gallerie D’Art, Caguas, Puerto Rico

1985

  • Muestra Nuestra, Alcaldía de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Rompiendo el silencio, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • III presentación colectiva de obras de artistas puertorriqueños, Museo Sin Techo a Sol y Agua, Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984

  • Intergrafik ’84, Berlín, Germany
  • Exposición colectiva de artistas puertorriqueños, Facultad de Estudios Generales, Hunter College, New York, United States
  • II presentación colectiva de obras de artistas puertorriqueños, Museo Sin Techo a Sol y Agua, Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983

  • Biblioteca de Derecho, Oficina Administración de las Cortes de Justicia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1982

  • Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1981

  • Sala de Gráfica Puertorriqueña, Dominican Republic
  • Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sala de Gráfica, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1980

  • Galería André, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Casa de Las Américas, Cuba
  • Palacio de las Artes, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

1979

  • Casablanca, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977

  • Galería Ausubo, Caguas, Puerto Rico 

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2006

  • Acknowledgment. El Nuevo Día Newspaper Vidas Únicas section, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Acknowledgment. Smithsonian Institute, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, United States

1998

  • Golden Coquí Award. Union of American Women, Puerto Rico Chapter, San Juan, Puerto Rico  

1993

  • First Prize. Hispanic Caucus Competition, United States Congress, Washington DC, United States

1991

  • First Prize for Drawing. Certamen Nacional de Arte, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

1990

  • Grant. Boinayell Gallery, Dominican Republic 
  • Honorable Mention. 9na Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1981

  • First Prize. Sin Nombre Magazine Art Competition, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Honorable Mention. Sin Nombre Magazine Art Competition, San Juan, Puerto Rico  

1979

  • First Prize. Sin Nombre Magazine Art Competition, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977

  • First Prize. International Art Competition, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Collections

  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, United States
  • Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Bibliography

Newspapers

“Dennis Mario exhibe en el Smithsonian”. EL Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 21 de septiembre de 1995, pp. 110.


Aponte Gómez, Marjorie. “Una década de jazz y arte en armonía”. El Nuevo Día, Espectaculos (San Juan, PR), 27 de mayo de 2000, pp. 114.


Covas Quevedo, Waldo. “Dennis Mario, la gran sorpresa”. El Nuevo Día, Espectáculos (San Juan, PR), 15 de junio de 1999, pp. 90.


Fernández Miralles, Elsa. “Entregan Coquíes de Oro de la UMA”. El Vocero, Sociales (San Juan, PR), 21 de julio de 1998, pp. E8.


Guadalupe Pérez, Hiram. “Un espectáculo innovador”. Primera Hora (San Juan, PR), 12 de agosto de 2000, pp. 10B.


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.


Torres Torres, Jaime. “Desnudos jazz y pintura con Dennis Mario”. El Nuevo Día, Espectáculos (San Juan, PR), 22 de junio de 2000, pp. 110-111.

Magazines

“Dennis Mario Rivera”. Hispanic (Estados Unidos), junio-julio 1995, pp. 44-46.


Rodríguez Burns, Francisco. “Mario Brother”. San Juan, junio-julio de 1997, pp. 58-61.