Elena del Rivero

Visual Arts, 2001

Elena del Rivero was born in Spain and has lived in New York since 1991. Her work has been shown across the U.S. and internationally. Notable exhibitions include The New Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Reina Sofia, Madrid, and the Drawing Center. She has been awarded the Prix de Rome (1988), the Pollock-Krasner fellowship (1991 & 2001), NYFA (2001 & 2002) and the Rockefeller Foundation fellowship at Bellagio Center (2005). Elena’s practice consists of drawing and painting, but also includes photography, performance and video. She draws inspiration from experience, every day life and what is at hand. Sewing, mending, gilding and the written word are frequently used as alternative tools for drawing. Her work develops slowly, building visual narratives that are completed with carefully chosen titles favoring double entendres. She is interested in transforming decay and in reusing her damaged works that she puts back together as in a metaphor for mending life.

Awards and Accomplishments


Del Rivero presents Flying Letters at Jason McCoy Gallery in New York 


Del Rivero's exhibition Chant is at The New Museum, New York, NY


Del Rivero presents cedarliberty with Leslie McCleave at the International Center for Photography, New York, NY. Curated by Carol Squiers


Del Rivero presents Flying Letters at the Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain


Del Rivero exhibits Flying Letters at the Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain


Del Rivero presents A drawing fallen from the sky at La Conservera, Murcia, Spain


Del Rivero presents Home Suite, with a collaboration by Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, BRING LIGHT, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Curated by Sarah Newman


Del Rivero exhibits At Hand, with a collaboration by Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, BRING LIGHT, at IVAM, Valencia, Spain. Curated by Elizabeth Finch

2005: Del Rivero receives residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center through the Rockefeller Foundation

2003: Del Rivero presents _This is not a Performance_ at the Reina Sofia National Museum Art Centre

2002: Del Rivero is featured in _The New York Times_ article, “A Bittersweet Homecoming at Ground Zero”

2002: Del Rivero receives Tyron Center Residency

2001: Del Rivero receives Pollock-Krasner Fellowship

2001: Del Rivero receives New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship