Kenny Rivero strives to produce work that provides the viewer with an intimate space in which to reflect on hope, loss and memory. While these ideas and their relationship to one another are familiar to many, Rivero addresses the links between them through coded gestures based in both fiction and actuality.
Rivero’s work is driven by the process of inventing narratives in order to justify, come to terms with, or suffer in the denial of personal, collective and historical traumas. His goal as a maker is to find the truth in his experience of the world – the truths that reality fails to effectively address.
Kenny Rivero was born in 1981 in New York City and is based out of Brooklyn. He graduated with honors in a BFA in 2006 from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, CT. His group exhibitions include La Bienal: Here is Where We Jump, El Museo Del Barrio, 7th Biennial Exhibition, NY (2013) and Bosch Young Talent Show, Stedelijk Museum s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (2011).
Rivero’s honors and awards include the Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Travel Grant, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011) and the Doonesbury Award, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011).