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The Creators Project: A Century of Pulp Fiction Offers a Window into Black Identity

October 28, 2016

Kenny Rivero’s Gotham City Screams and Supermane address how fantasy and escapism can inspire people to challenge aesthetic, sexual, and racial hierarchies.

Hyperallergic: Black Identity Seen Through The Lense of Pulp Stories

November 8, 2016

A younger artist, Kenny Rivero, deploys the comic book iconography ironically in his painting “Gotham City Screams, Issue #4, Page 12” (2016). Here, his Batman character is abject, draped in a cape bigger than him, with speech bubbles delivering a secret language, coded or perhaps nonsensical.

The Brooklyn Rail: Black Pulp!

December 6, 2016

Dominican-American artist Kenny Rivero’s Supermane (2015)—a painting of superman with a large afro represented by the artist’s own hair glued onto its surface—and Gotham City Screams, Issue #4, Page 12 (2016)—a monotype in black ink depicting a naked child, covered only by a Batman mask and cape, within an abstracted space—present personalized permutations of iconic superheroes that vary between social commentary and the revealing of a black subconscious.

The New York Times: What to see in New York Galleries This Week

November 10, 2016

Kerry James Marshall is here in his formally brilliant “Rythm Mastr” cartoon series, as are several younger artists — Firelei Báez, William Downs, Lucia Hierro, Kenny Rivero, Alexandria Smith — now coming into their own.


August 13,2016

New York-based artist Kenny Rivero was a part of The Fountainhead Residency during summer, 2016.

Asterix: Artists On The Verge

November 8, 2015

This summer I read this New Yorker article on Mark Bradford titled What Else Can Art Do? — I love Mark for his honesty, I met him while at Yale and something about him felt familiar, a tough love brand of warmth only some family members and neighbors can offer– In the article, he mentioned that he viewed his work as “social abstraction”—abstract art “with a social or political context clinging to the edges”

Artnet: Rema Hort Mann Foundation Announces 2015 Grantees

November 3, 2015

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation (RHMF) has announced the recipients of this year's annual emerging artist grant, which offers $10,000 to the following eight artists: Aaron Fowler, Motoko Fukuyama, M.Lamar, Leeza Meksin, Troy Michie, Kenny Rivero, Kenya (Robinson), and Ezra Wube.

Hyperallergic: Making Sense of Paintings That Tell Snippets of Stories, By Benjamin Sutton

April 15, 2015

The narrative impulse in painting is nothing new. From centuries of art history to the resurgence of figurative painting in the wake of post-war abstraction, some of human culture’s most beloved storytellers have been painters.

Art Party: February

February 16, 2015

Art Party is a visual hit list curated specifically for our fellow creative hustlers. Each month, we highlight the six best art shows, so you won’t miss anything. From street art murals to galleries, we’ve got you covered. Take a moment and pig out with these visual assortments.

New York Observer: Your Guide to a Very Art World Valentine’s Day, by Brianna McGurran

February 11, 2015

Washington Heights-born Kenny Rivero’s solo show at Shin Gallery in Chinatown takes its name in part from the 1997 Mary J. Blige song, and the gallery says it’s “intended as an intimate offering or a private plea.”


Artcritical: Glimpsed Curiosities: The Boyhood New York of Kenny Rivero, by Aimée Brown Price

February 8, 2015

With visual wit, mastery of a broad range of painting techniques, a sharp sense of evocative color – now upbeat, now poignant -and ingenuity as to where to use what to optimum effect, Kenny Rivero introduces the viewer to the New York of his Dominican-American childhood. Intimations of personal and familial history are the starting points of fantasy and imagination.

The L MAgazine: Review, by Paul D'Agostino

January 28, 2015

Kenny Rivero’s captivating solo exhibit is full of surprises that are not exactly stunning, terrors that aren’t really scary, notes of humor that aren’t necessarily funny, fantastical figments that are actually just real, and barely nightmarish murmurs that hum, also, in tones of just-awoken awareness, such that the dream is at once active and over.

Time Out New York: Kenny Rivero, "I Can Love You Better", by Jennifer Coates

January 9, 2015

Garbage accumulates like repressed urges in Kenny Rivero’s show “I Can Love You Better,” where paintings with assemblage elements are installed alongside sculptures made from discarded debris. The former blends collage, Surrealism and folk art into cartoonish compositions, while the latter piles shards of glass, bits of broken records and scraps of paint into quasi-shamanistic objects.

The New Yorker: El Museo’s Bienal 2013, Here Is Where We Jump

June, 2015

Works by a pair of young New Yorkers stand out: the energetic, street-smart drawings (and one painting) by Kenny Rivero and the provisional abstract sculptures of Gabriela Salazar, a poet of the in-between. Through Jan. 4.

Remezcla: 3 Can't Miss Art Exhibits this Week, by Barbara Calderón-Douglass

December 8, 2014

Rivero uses paint chips collected from his childhood home and in his paintings that are part collage, oil, acrylic and use other objects. The images also bring in Afro-diasporic religious practices as influences.

Times Union: Artists Explore Pattern, by Amy Griffin

July 16, 2014

In his recent television series, "Cosmos," astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed the human talent for pattern recognition as a double-edged sword. "We're especially good at finding patterns, even when they aren't there," he said, explaining that this helps us makes sense of the world

PBS New Mexico, KNME-TV: ¡Colores!

Aired: April 4, 2014

New Mexico land artist Bill Gilbert shares his approach to creating art; Edgar Allen Poe's influence on other artists; An immigrant of a Thai refugee camp finds her voice through poetry; And Kenny Rivero explores his identity through painting.

PBS Thirteen, WNET-TV: Latino Americans of NY & NJ

Aired: September 17-October 11, 2013

More than four million Latino Americans call the New York and New Jersey region home. Alongside the landmark PBS series "Latino Americans" premiering September 17, 2013, we are collecting the stories of Latino Americans of New York and New Jersey for a 30-minute program, "Latino Americans of NY & NJ," to air on WNET stations Thirteen, WLIW21, and NJTV between September 17 and October 11, 2013.

Artifizz: ‘Do The Yale Thing’ at N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art Detroit, by Jim Welke

March 4, 2014

Do The Yale Thing shows the work of eighteen artists with one thing in common: they did “the Yale thing.” That is, they managed — with no shortage of blood, sweat, and tears — to be accepted and ultimately graduated from the famed Master of Fine Arts program at Yale in New Haven Connecticut.

Yale Daily News: Exhibit Honors Manet, by Helen Rouner

October 17, 2013

A century and a half after Edouard Manet’s art sparked the modernist movement, his works are still inspiring artistic innovation.A new exhibit at the School of Art’s Green Hall Gallery titled “For Ed: Splendor in the Grass with Olympic Lad and Lass” opened last week to mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of Manet’s masterpieces “Olympia” and “Dejeuner sur l’herbe.”

El Museo del Barrio: The Colossus of East Harlem, by Raul Zamudio

July, 2013


The title of the 2013 edition of El Museo del Barrio’s La Bienal, Here is Where We Jump, is derived from the ancient Greek writer Aesop. Compelling, poetic, and open ended the paraphrase is culled from one of the author’s fables entitled The Braggart. The story entails a man who returns home from travelling abroad and boasts of defeating athletes in places as distant as Rhodes.

The New York Times: A Constilation of Identities, Winking and Shifting, by Holland Cotter

...painting feels less like a vehicle for metaphysical contemplation than like a blank wall on which the smudgy diaristic drawings of Kenny Rivero might advantageously be arranged...

The Village Voice: Highlights from El Museo del Barrios Very Cool Biennial Exhibition, by Araceli Cruz

June 12, 2013

It's been turbulent times at El Museo del Barrio, where they recently cut back on hours and staff and are facing charges of gender discrimination brought by former director Margarita Aguilar. But with their major biennial opening today, all that is put aside to make room for what matters most: the work.

Yale Daily News: La Casa Transforms into Art Space, by Urvi Nopani

November 9, 2011

Over the weekend, La Casa Cultural — the Latino Cultural Center — transformed into an art exhibit, complete with two-way mirrors and sound effects.The show, which highlights the variegated history of the 19th-century building that Yale converted into the cultural center in 1977, was conceptualized and executed by four students at the School of Art. The artists — Ronny Quevedo ART ’12, Daniel Pizarro ART ’12, Kenny Rivero ART ’12 and Andrew Lister ART ’12 — said they named the exhibit “301” in honor of the center’s address on Crown Street, one constant throughout the building’s many changes inside.

Bosch 500: Bosch Young Talent Show Participating Artists, by William Villalongo

September, 2011

Kenny Rivero makes paintings that adhere to Pictorialism while offering eccentric material attachments such as sidewalk detritus, discarded toys and letters on and around the picture plane often moving them into the world of objects.

Yale Daily News: Students Take Over Prof's Office, by Eliza Brooke

November 19, 2010

Few professors would give away the keys to their offices, especially to students who want to redecorate them. But Sam Messer, Associate Dean of the School of Art, is happy to do just that. Artist Profile: Kenny Rivero, by Mimi Luse

May 4, 2009

Working out of his apartment on Starr Street, artist Kenny Rivero rolls Santería, numerology, baseball heros, X-men comics, and Nas lyrics into a conscientiously bastardized, airtight spirituality of his own invention. Born to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic, but raised reading Frank Miller comics and playing baseball in New York’s Washington Heights, Rivero incorporates visual elements from the cultures of both places into allegorical works that function as icons for a magical thinking of his own invention.

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