Exploring loyalties and commitments, through a commitment to paint
“My interests are scattered but they come from the same sensibility”
New York-born Kenny Rivero racked up a degree at his native city’s School of Visual Arts before heading to Yale to earn an MFA, and then to a residency at the revered Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Maine. He’s shown his work at top-flight venues internationally, from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) to New York’s El Museo del Barrio, the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, Istanbul’s C.A.M. Gallery, and the Anahita Gallery, in Tehran. Along the way, he has had artist residencies at the Roswell Artists in Residence Program, in New Mexico, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and won an emerging artist grant from New York’s Rema Hort Mann Foundation, among other awards. And he’s gained notice in the press: No less than the New Yorker tagged him as a standout in El Museo’s 2013 Bienal.