Paula del Rivero grew up in a family of small art collectors and nonprofessional artists who instilled her with their passion for contemporary art. From a young age, she got to know the work of the leading exponents of abstract expressionism and geometric abstraction.
After obtaining a degree in Translation, her thirst for knowledge and her inclination to gather a variety of experiences led her to live in Ireland, Amsterdam, and New York. She pursued her studies and worked in diverse industries, such as programming and graphic design.
Whilst looking for her true vocation, she discovered printmaking, studying under Spanish printmaker and sculptor Mar Prat, becoming her studio assistant.
Her artistically inclined upbringing encouraged Paula to finally choose a career in the Arts, growing into a self-taught fine artist focusing on a variety of media.
Her works range from printmaking and watercolors, to textile and back-lit wall sculptures, which she has exhibited at the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Printmaking.
As a self-taught artist, I’ve learned to explore my creativity in a variety of ways.
My primary line of work is the translation into visual compositions of primitive archetypes, and how these help shape the collective unconscious.
All of my processes are inspired by daily ritual practices and commitment to self-discovery through awareness. My work is the result of an effort to comprehend the deeper meaning of our human existence and transcend the illusions of apparently chaotic and random manifestations of life.
The freedom derived from mixing a wide variety of materials and techniques allows my research on human evolution to be deepened, developed and expressed.
I share my creative process and the opinions that permeate my practice in a new series of articles called ‘Notes on Art, Notes on Life’. In this series, I develop my understanding of how the creative process informs not only our work, but also, and most importantly, our views and opinions.
April 2022 – upcoming: “Introduction to contemporary printmaking” – a practical 3 day workshop at Instituto de Educación Secundaria Rey Pelayo, Cangas de Onís, Asturias, Spain.
2021: “A Generous Space”, Hastings Contemporary, Hastings, UK
2021: “Door to Door”, Lite Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany (postponed – June 2022)
2021: “The Garden of Loss & Triumph”, NDSM Fuse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (postponed – June 2022)
2021: “The Garden of Loss & Triumph”, No Vacancy Gallery – Melbourne, Australia
2021: “NFTsART ¿Criptoarte ético? Impulsando la transformación social desde la digital” – online exhibition of digital works curated by Marisol Salanova for Arteinformado – Spain
2019: Honorable mention – Art Olympia, International Juried Art Competition – Tokyo, Japan
2019: “Lo que el tiempo se llevó”, installation – Puertas Film Fest 2019, Asturias, Spain.
2018: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC: ATLANTIS I, acrylic and oil on paper, 2017, takes part in the digital exhibition “In the Studio: Art by MoMA’s Online Learning Community”, on display on the Cullman Education and Research Building of The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
2017: ETHOS I, linocut and chine-collé, 2016, is selected in the national printmaking contest ” XVII Certamen de Grabado Nacional José Caballero”, held by the city of Las Rozas, Spain. The selected piece is exhibited in a group exhibition in February 2017
2016: SKYSCRAPERS IV, raw wool felt on wood panel, 2016, is selected in the international contest “XLVII CNAL Certamen Nacional de Arte de Luarca”, held by the city of Luarca, Spain. The selected piece is exhibited in a touring group exhibition in several cities in the region of Asturias, Spain, from January 2017 to December 2017
2015: UNTITLED, linocut and chine-collé, 2015, is selected in the national printmaking contest “Certamen de arte gráfico para Jóvenes Creadores 2014”, held by the National Chalcography and the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The selected piece is exhibited in a group exhibition in the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in October 2015. – Madrid, Spain
2015: PALEO I, linocut and chine-collé, 2014, is selected in the national printmaking contest “XXII PREMIOS NACIONALES DE GRABADO”, held by the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Printmaking. The selected piece is exhibited in a group exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Printmaking in February 2015. – Marbella, Spain.
2014: E-SUNSET, linocut, 2014 is selected in the national printmaking contest “Certamen de arte gráfico para Jóvenes Creadores 2014”, held by the the National Chalcography and the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The selected piece is exhibited in a group exhibition in the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in October 2014. – Madrid, Spain
Private collection, New York City, USA
Private collection, Toronto, Canada
Private collection, Mexico DF, Mexico
Private collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Private collection, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Private collection, Madrid, Spain
Private collection, Barcelona, Spain
Private collection, Valencia, Spain
Private collection, Oviedo, Spain
Private collection, Cuenca, Spain
Private collection, Cangas de Onís, Spain
Private collection, Arriondas, Spain
“DIGITAL CONFINEMENT II” Paula del Rivero -Arteinformado, 2021
¿Criptoarte ético? Impulsando la transformación social (…) – Marisol Salanova, Arteinformado, 2021
Exposición online ¿Criptoarte ético? Impulsando la transformación social (…) – Arteinformado, 2021
Puertas FilmFest edición 2019 – Puertas FilmFest, 29th Oct. 2020
Puertas FilmFest 2019 (brochure) – Archivo de la Frontera, 2019
Monográfico Pintura y Oriente – La Jueya, Investigación y Patrimonio de Los Picos de Europa, 19th Dic. 2019
Arte en Cabrales – Cope Ribadesella, 2019
Arranca el Puertas Filmfest de Cabrales – El Comercio, 15th Aug. 2019
Paula del Rivero se estrena en Cangas – La Nueva España, 4th Dec. 2018
Primera exposición en Asturias de la artista plástica Paula del Rivero – Asturias Mundial, 27th Nov. 2018
Arte en Luarca para rato – La Nueva España, 25th Nov. 2016
Selección de obras 2016 – Certamen Internacional de arte de Luarca, LXVIII CNAL
Certamen de Arte Gráfico 2015 – Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Calcografía Nacional
Arte asequible en Malasaña – El Zenobita, 18th Dec. 2014
What Art Thou? – Medium.com, 2018
It’s Time For Action – Medium.com, 2018
What is Art? – Medium.com, 2017
Abstract Art Does Not Exist – Medium.com, 2017
Tools For Growth – Medium.com, 2017
Art Is A Spiritual Practice – Medium.com, 2017
Invoking Creativity – Medium.com, 2017
Art And Perfectionism – Medium.com, 2017
Spectator vs. Creator – Medium.com, 2017
Art Is Revolutionary – Medium.com, 2017