Rafael Rivera is a self-taught painter and sculptor, born in Manhattan to Puerto Rican parents. He spent his childhood between the busy concrete hustle of the city, and the colorful layback nature of the isla Bonita! This mélange of lifestyles influenced his artistry. His pieces evoke his love for both worlds, and are continuously evolving and developing, while showcasing his already distinct style.
He is inspired by the day-to-day events. He transposes these either onto his canvas with bright and vibrant acrylic and/or oil colors, creating texture using spatulas, brushes and his fingers; or onto an air-dry clay block, experimenting with materials, shapes and forms.
Rafael tries to convey through his art the beauty that surrounds us, with a message of hope and strength.
Acrylic on canvas - 58 x 39
Acrylic on canvas board - 36 x 24
Acrylic on canvas - 49 x 25
Acrylic on canvas - 24 x 20
Acrylic on canvas - 29 x 20
Acrylic on canvas - 53 x 22