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Eric Rivera Barbeito

Eric Rivera Barbeito

Artist Work

Yellow
2016
Ash, plexiglass, formica, acrylic
Gracias
2017
Wood, acrylic, metal roofing, a/c unit, extension cord.
6' x 6' x 7'
Bound
2017
Red oak, latex, plywood, poplar.
6' x 2' x 6"
El Morro
2016
Mixed media
3.5" x 3.5"
Cano
2016
Acrylic on plywood
5'8" x 2' x .75"
Renacimiento
2017
PLA, ash, maple.
36"x 3"x 3"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Media Arts, Other, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My 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.

Artist Bio

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.