Barbara Rivera

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Sara y Pilar, 2009-10 Oil 30"X24" © Barbara Rivera
Dulce y Mara, 2010 Oil 36"X24" © Barbara Rivera
Tomasa, Adora y Abigail, 2009 Oil 30"X24" © Barbara Rivera
Odilia y Rut, 2008 Oil 18"X24" © Barbara Rivera
Petras II, 2012 Oil 5"X5" Each © Barbara Rivera
Malenas, 2014 Oil On Canvas Three 16 In X 12 In Ovals © Courtesy of the Artist and Deering Estate at Cutler
Quick Facts
fine art, painters realism, traditional, figurative, conceptual

Artist Barbara Rivera focuses on the art of conceptual portraiture. Born in Puerto Rico, she came to Miami in 1987, and studied at the University of Miami where she received her BFA in painting and graphic design. She later received her MFA from Florida International University with a concentration in painting. Her paintings provide new possibilities of identification that can conceive the female subject, and its social relations with diverse alternatives. Some of the paintings are small in scale to provide a contemporary version of the eighteenth century tradition of decorative, fancy pictures. This tradition continued into early Victorian times in the more adulterated version of the ‘Keepsake’ (small engraved illustrations of lovely young women).

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