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 free-associated state of Puerto Rico and the United States. 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 and received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Rivera Barbeito integrates a multimedia approach to his practice that draws from a diverse field of processes to give visual representation to concepts relevant to the present condition between Puerto Rico and the United States. Rivera Barbeito currently lives and works in Baltimore, was an Artist-in-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center and has been included in group exhibitions at Towson Univesity, School 33, Terrault Contemporary and the Maryland Institute College of Art.