Media Arts, Other, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementMy body of work engages a multidisciplinary practice involving mixed media to investigate and perform the complexity of the present relationship between the United States and the free-associated state of Puerto Rico. Each project, process, and resulting formal elements explore larger political and cultural discourses centered around autonomy, dependency, inefficiency, resistance, and conflict, often employing the use of tropical, particularly Puerto Rican, imagery.
Eric Rivera Barbeito was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1994 and received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Integrating a multimedia approach to his practice, Rivera Barbeito taps into a diverse field of art-making processes to give visual representation to concepts centering around the present condition of his home country. Aside from making objects considered by some to be art, he enjoys meeting friendly dogs on the street, talking to his plants, and the occasional cold glass of coconut water.