Kenny Rivero often uses collage elements in his paintings to reflect on the past through the physical evidence of history and memory. The artist incorporates reclaimed materials, such as salvaged pages from books, paint chips from his childhood home and discarded industrial objects to create new meaning.
The distinction between found and reclaimed is very important to Kenny Rivero. This works' appearance is as the artist intended. The materials are not perfect, which is the nature of the work.
Kenny Rivero’s work explores the complexity of identity. Drawing inspiration from his Dominican American roots, his paintings, collages, drawings and sculptures aim to deconstruct the histories that were presented to him as absolutes during his youth. He is also a lecturer and teacher at several prominent art universities and colleges.