Drawing is an avenue for processing my external stimuli and internal imaginings. My references and inspirations are from a variety of sources- cultural, political, societal, artistic, philosophical, personal etc...

In the majority of my drawings I explore the idea of a representation that has more than one meaning; a seemingly pointed imagery or iconography that remains subtlety ambiguous. I am intrigued with representational art that is on a recognizable level but has slight undercurrents of hidden meaning that exist for the viewer to grab onto or to associate with using their own set of ideological assumptions and life experiences. 

Language and imagery are intertwined. One represents the other and visa versa. Language and image can serve to anchor or dislodge the viewer’s interpretation and preconceived notions. 

In today’s fast-paced technology driven world, we are overstimulated with visual imagery that leaves us with little understanding as how to derive meaning from the bombardment of information we receive on a daily basis. My drawings serve as an investigation of the interplay and co-dependency of language and the visual image and how they work together to form meaning.

Drawing is primal and our reactions and processing to imagery is primal as well. The need to leave one’s mark, to better understand our environment, to communicate what cannot be said, and the relationship of language and image are my motivations in these works.

Ultimately I see my drawings as excerpts from one long storyline with multiple meanings.

-Michael Rivera 

 Updated 2017

Guardians 2017

Guardians 2017

Emergence...

Emergence...

Baroque 2016

Baroque 2016

Self-Portrait 2016

Self-Portrait 2016

Self Portrait with an Anteater 2012

Self Portrait with an Anteater 2012

Portrait of White Tara/Buddha 2012

Portrait of White Tara/Buddha 2012

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon revisited 2012

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon revisited 2012

Wallpaper 2012

Wallpaper 2012

Are you not entertained? 2012

Are you not entertained? 2012

Fear not for man... 2012

Fear not for man... 2012

Diablo 2012

Diablo 2012

Las Meninas revisited 2012

Las Meninas revisited 2012

Devoid of Substance 2012

Devoid of Substance 2012

Maelstrom 2012

Maelstrom 2012

Conceptually Bound 2012

Conceptually Bound 2012

The Flag 2012

The Flag 2012

Titled 2012

Titled 2012

Sweet Nothings... 2012

Sweet Nothings... 2012

Hellmouth 2012

Hellmouth 2012

Self-portrait as a bi-polar magnet 2012

Self-portrait as a bi-polar magnet 2012