Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Kenny Rivero

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Kenny Rivero

New York, NY
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Kenny Rivero received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2006 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2012. Rivero has taught painting, drawing, and sculpture at the School of Visual Arts, Montclair State University, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is the recipient of a Doonesbury Award, the Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Travel Grant, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, and has been awarded a Visiting Scholar position at New York University. He has exhibited his work in the US and abroad in venues such as the Pera Museum in Turkey, the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands, the Contemporary Art Museum in St Louis, the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling in New York, El Museo del Barrio in New York, and the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, DE. His past residencies include the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program in New York, the Roswell Artist in Residence Program in New Mexico, the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and The Macedonia Institute. Currently, Rivero is a Lecturer at the Yale School of Art.


“Through the lens of my evolving relationship to fear, love, death, intimacy, violence, power, and aloneness, my work addresses themes of Dominican and American identity, Afro-Caribbean symbologies, socio-geographic solidarity, cultural and familial expectations, race, and masculinity.” 


  • ADAB's (Afro Dominican American Brothers), 2016-2018, oil, acrylic, collage and assemblage on canvas, 63 x 66 inches

  • Ask About Me, 2017, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 62 x 1 inches

  • Jealous Cat, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 46 x 46 x 4 inches

  • I Opened the Top of One And The Bottom of The Other One, 2016-2018, oil and acrylic on canvas, 85 x 85 x 1.5 inches

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.