Ray Rivera studied fine arts at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes and Architecture at Universidad Catolica Nordestana in the Dominican Republic. Upon moving to New York, Rivera began a robust career in architecture and fine arts.
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1986, Rivera expressed interest in art, at the early age of 12 he enrolled full-time into the country’s top art school, Bellas Artes. At the age of 22 He finishes his undergrad studies of Architecture, a field where he found use in merging his knowledge in the two overlapping areas.
In Rivera’s fine arts work, one can find great attention to detail and noticeable opposition in the use of colors and brush strokes. His inspiration has
always been the great renowned artists, Manet and Salvador Dali. Though classic in character and contemporary in topic, Rivera executes an intellectual thematic that redefines social issues and barriers thought a constant personal introspection. Upon Rivera’s move to New York City, he began working at top architectural firms in Manhattan before developing his most recent collection, Duality.
For this current collection, titled Duality, Rivera devoted the last three years to its development. Inspiration stems from the manifestation of love and based on the criteria of human duality. Rivera strives to highlight female qualities such as their capacity to love. Wildflowers take significance, giving his work a very subtle touch with a lugubrious and compassionate undertone with several representations. Lavender in the crown raises an effect of emotion and healing, growing sporadic and unexpectedly. The Calla Lily is known as staples of rebirth, survival and liveliness of youth. Rivera’s work has often had connotations of Christianity and mythology. Flowers are often seen in celebrations symbolizing resurrection and connection to purity, while the colors in the “flower heads” represent the royal energies and spiritual connectivity. The nude bodies symbolize the essence of perfection in nature and solidarity while the draping resembles ancient standards of societal approach to sexuality– thus creating a consciousness and a holistic connection with the internal self.
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