Ricardo C. Rivera, MFA (Sculpture/New Genres), was born to a Mexican-American Family in Courtland, a small central farming community of Ca. At the age of 24, he moved to San Francisco and began focusing on painting and drawing under the tutelage of Sam Tchakalian, Jeramy Morgan, Pat Klein, Chris Daubert, and Dewey Crumpler. Of particular interest in Rivera's studies was SF Bay area funk, and figurative abstraction. He participated in several shows while in the San Francisco Bay Area. During his graduate studies he studied with Paul Kos, focused on the multiplicity of visual experiences, and began to widen his grasp of computer software as a medium.
At the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rivera teaches Digital Art, Video Art, Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, and Fine Art Seminar -- a capstone course for CCRI art majors.
Prior to being hired at CCRI as Assistant Professor of Digital Arts and Foundations, Rivera taught at the Sacramento City College of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the "Ecole cantonale d'art du Valais (ECAV, CH). From 2004 to 2006 dividing much of his time between Switzerland and the United States, he collaborated with Swiss percussionist Chistophe Fellay, South African artist Donna Kukama, and Swiss artist Georges Pfruender. After discovering the world of collaborations, he returned to San Francisco and worked with Zaccho Dance Theater, NAKA dance theater, and most recently exhibited a collaborative multi-channel video installation at the Berkeley Art Center, and a solo exhibition titled, "Fantasy is a Place Where it Rains" (after Calvino) at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. At CCRI. He is currently the director of the Knight Campus Art Gallery at the Warwick campus where he organizes the college campus art exhibitions.
In his work, Rivera analyzes and investigates traditional uses technologies, and challenges the limited ascribed uses of computer software and hardware. Rivera mines databases of information and cultural research to trigger images and memories through the viewer's physiological experience of the work. His interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative arts has morphed his desire of investigating performance based work, social sculpture, and new media. In addition, his interest in manipulating technology to serve the needs of his work has led him to investigate and understand a number of computer languages, which are usually hidden within the black box put forth as a consumer product.