Ricardo Rivera

Artist working with stuff, and matter of a finer mesh


An exhibiting artist since 2001, Ricardo Rivera's career as an artist is an evolving one. Currently, Rivera is an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts and Foundations at the Community College of Rhode Island. Rivera has taught at the University of California, Berkeley in the department of Art Practice, as a adjunct lecturer at City College of San Francisco, and Senior Adjunct Faculty at the California College of the Arts. In his current work, Rivera mines databases of information and cultural research to trigger images and memories through the viewer’s physiological experience of the work. His interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative arts has morphed his desire of investigating performance based work, social sculpture, and new media. In addition, his interesest in manipulating technology to serve the needs of his work has led him to investigate and understand a number of languages which are usually hidden within the black box. A brief history of his recent exhibitions includes; Fantasy is a Place Where It Rains at the Center for Contemporary Art of Sacramento, Cosmicomics at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery, and Intimate Nature -- a collaborative work -- at the Berkeley Art Center. Awards, and Residencies include the Visions from the New California Award, Exploratorium Museum of Science art and Human Perception residency. Centre de Réflexion sur l'Image et ses contextes, Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais, Sierre Switzerland. Rivera received his B.F.A and M.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute.