Biography: Rub?n Rivera was born August 16, 1961 in Bayam?n, Puerto Rico. He starts to learn drawing, painting and printmaking at an early age from his father, Rub?n Rivera Aponte, who is a well known painter and printmaker. He begins to participate in collective art exhibitions in 1977. In 1981, the pencil drawing “Germination, Repression” wins first mention at the prestigious “Certamen de Artes Pl?sticas" sponsored by Revista Sin Nombre. During the 1980’s he continues his work mostly through paintings and pencil drawings, and he quickly develops his interest as an artist extending into portraiture, the human figure and landscapes, as well as abstract drawing and painting. During this decade he also experiments with video art and begins his interest in animation and cinema. In 1990 Rub?n Rivera opens “Fuga Cin?tica, Inc.”, a non-digital, traditionally equipped animation studio, making many experimental animated shorts as an independent animator. Among these, “Pandorascopio”, “Detritus” and “Crash” were presented in many animation festivals. ”Pandorascopio” won first prize at “Cinextremos Film Festival” in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1996, Rub?n wins the “Premio Al Merito” given by the “Fondo Nacional Para el Financiamiento de Quehacer Cultural, Instituto de Cultura Puertorrique?a” for his achievements as an independent animator. In 1998, after working in many forms of digital painting, graphic design and animation for various companies, Rub?n begins to concentrate on web design and the artistic and multimedia possibilities of advanced digital medium, developing additional skills in programs like Photoshop, Painter, Flash and Director. Currently Rub?n Rivera continues to work in many mediums, ranging from traditional oil painting to interactive digital movies.
Country: Puerto Rico
Site: Artworks by Rub?n Rivera
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