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Elena del Rivero

Valencia, Spain. 1949
El archivo del polvo

2019. Naves Matadero (Centro Internacional de Artes Vivas), Madrid, Spain. Curated by Mateo Feijóo.

El archivo del polvo

2019. Naves Matadero (Centro Internacional de Artes Vivas), Madrid, Spain. Curated by Mateo Feijóo.

El archivo del polvo

2019. Naves Matadero (Centro Internacional de Artes Vivas), Madrid, Spain. Curated by Mateo Feijóo.

El archivo del polvo

2019. Naves Matadero (Centro Internacional de Artes Vivas), Madrid, Spain. Curated by Mateo Feijóo.

The End of The World

2019. Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain. Curated by Mateo Feijóo.

The End of The World

2019. Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain. Curated by Mateo Feijóo.

The End of The World

2019. Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain. Curated by Mateo Feijóo.

The End of The World

2019. Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain. Curated by Mateo Feijóo.

2014. I Bienal Internacional de Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Curated by Berta Sichel.
2014. I Bienal Internacional de Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Curated by Berta Sichel.
2014. I Bienal Internacional de Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Curated by Berta Sichel.
2014. I Bienal Internacional de Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Curated by Berta Sichel.
2014. I Bienal Internacional de Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Curated by Berta Sichel.
[Swi:t] Home: Chant

2011. New Museum, New York, United States.

[Swi:t] Home: Chant

2011. New Museum, New York, United States.

[Swi:t] Home: Chant

2011. New Museum, New York, United States.

Flying Letters

2010. Espacio AV, Murcia, Spain.

Flying Letters

2010. Espacio AV, Murcia, Spain.

Home Suite

2008. With BRING LIGHT a sound piece by Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, United States.

At Hand

2007. With BRING LIGHT a sound piece by Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain

At Hand

2007. With BRING LIGHT a sound piece by Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain

A mano

2006. IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Mordern), Valencia, Spain.

A mano

2006. IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Mordern), Valencia, Spain.

A mano

2006. IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Mordern), Valencia, Spain.

A mano

2006. IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Mordern), Valencia, Spain.

A mano

2006. IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Mordern), Valencia, Spain.

A mano

2006. IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Mordern), Valencia, Spain.

A mano

2006. IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Mordern), Valencia, Spain.

Recorridos cruzados

2002. Centro Histórico, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

Home: One Year of My Life

2001. The Drawing Center, New York, United States.

Five Kept Letters

1998. MNCARS (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía), Madrid, Spain.

Five Kept Letters

1998. MNCARS (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía), Madrid, Spain.

Five Kept Letters

1998. MNCARS (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía), Madrid, Spain.

Elena del Rivero is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on painting and works on paper. She draws inspiration from everyday life and what is at hand. Her projects develop slowly, building visual narratives and are completed with carefully chosen titles that favor the double entendre.

Since the early 90’s Del Rivero’s work has continued to focus on the chores of repairing works that were damaged, intentionally or not, during the process of making them. With a commitment to the act of mending, Del Rivero has completed large-scale installations like [Swi:t] Home (2001), CHANT (2006), and the ongoing series Letter to the Mother started in 1992, among others.

Initial impressions of her work may suggest it to be autobiographical. Veiled in a poetic ambiguity, Elena del Rivero has chosen to never explicitly reveal details of her life’s narrative. Instead, her work acknowledges certain experiences and historical events that she has witnessed.

Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, United States); Museum of Modern Art (New York, United States); Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, United States); Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, United States); National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, United States); Baltimore Art Museum (Baltimore, United States); Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville, United States); Pollock Gallery at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, United States); Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, United States); Institut Valenciá d’Art Modern (Valencia, Spain) and The Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain), among others.

Major grants and prizes include, Academia Bellas Artes de España in Rome (Prix de Rome 1988), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1991 and 1995), Creative Capital Foundation Grant (2001), The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2001 and 2002), The Rockefeller Foundation Residency at The Bellagio Center, Italy (2005) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2015). Most recently she was awarded a residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, United States (2017) and the Solomun R. Guggenheim Fellowship (2019).

The artist lives and works in New York since 1991.

 

MOTHER (Installation view)

2018. Travesía Cuatro Guadalajara, Mexico.

Letter from Home, red 1

2001-2015. Typewritten text, gouache, and thread on paper. 105.5 x 73 cm

Wound 40

2009. Thread, collage, needle, ink, and feather on Kozo Gampi Torinokoshi peper. 91.5 x 64 cm

Two Dreaming

2017. Ink, collage and thread on abaca. 25.4 x 20.32 cm

Detail view of 'Letter to the Mother'
Letter to the Mother

2017. Digital impression in silk. 240 x 99 cm.

Domestic landscape with turmeric #15 #14 #13 #12 #11

2017. Gouache, thread, turmeric on vintage grapher paper. 23.5 x 30 cm.

Letter from home: Molly is in bed

2015. Oil on lead primed canvas with thread. 15 x 113 cm.

L'Oeil D'Ame

2008. Gold leaf on abaca paper. 198 x 198 cm.

Echo of an Unfinished Letter

1999.
Installation view at IVAM Valencia, Spain. Detail.
Thread, pencil, ink-jet print and ink drawing on music manuscript, 600 pages.
17,8 x 22,9 cm/each one.