#02 Color in the Abstract: an interview with Cecilia Rivera

Meet Mexican abstract painter Cecilia Rivera and plunge in her childhood stories on growing up in “paradise”. Let her inspiring evolution of expression and color awareness developed through her various stages of life, engage with you in an inner-soul encounter with the artist. Colorful traces left intentionally for the viewer to discover; her canvas is an explosion of color that conveys rhythms that further the spectator’s sight to dance with grace and passion.

Website Cecilia Rivera: www.ceciliarivera.com 

Saatchi Art: www.saatchiart.com/cecirivera 

Miami Curated: www.miamicurated.com/tag/cecilia-rivera/


Cecilia Rivera was born in Cuernavaca in Mexico on the 22nd of November of 1953. She studies in History of Art in the Louvre Museum while living in Paris. Later from 1978 to 1984 she attended Robin Bond’s Independent Workshop from the Royal Academy of London in Mexico City. She then obtained a degree in History of Art at the Instituto de Cultura Superior and did subsequent studies in History and Phenomenology of Religions in the Anahuac University, both in Mexico City. Her work has been exhibited in multiple museums and galleries in Cuernavaca, Mexico City, Oaxaca, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Brussels, Paris, New Orleans, Tucson, Atlanta, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington D.C., among other important cities. Her paintings are also part of different collections such as the Terra Foundation in Washington D.C., The Fundación Jumex, in Mexico City and the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum in Miami FL. 

Carol Damian, former Director of the Frost Museum, wrote about her painting: “The revelation contained in her art consists of an act of emotional discovery rendered in all-over fields of color applied with a mass of free, interpenetrating strokes, shapes, and layers of pigment for rich surface effects.  This freshness of approach, captures the essence of an abstract reality which results in an exalted romantic feeling of the secret language of colors which enliven all the senses and the interactions with memories”.

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