Javier Rivera

Guitarrista y Cuatrista en Alfombras, oil on paper, 26 1/2″ x 37″, 2022

Músicos Boricanos, oil on paper, 20 7/8″ x 27″, 2022

Puerto Rican Musicians, oil on panel, 21 3/4″ x 27 1/8″ x 1 3/4″, 2022

Guitarist and Cuatro Player on Rugs, oil on panel, 27″ x 37 3/4″ x 1 3/4″, 2022

Javier Rivera

[BFA] Painting

I produce inverted diptychs of folkloric Puerto Rican musicians with Picasso references that stem from my childhood. The mirrored imagery explores an ephemeral moment, when one is engaged in their expertise in a meditative fashion to attain optimal performance, known as the flow-state. These paintings also use space to reflect on the fading genre of Boricua music. 


Javier Rivera is an artist living and working in Lincoln, Nebraska. Working primarily in figurative painting and drawing, Javier is receiving his BFA from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He has shown in various local and underground venues in Lincoln and his hometown of Omaha. When he is not working in the studio, Javier is working at David Clark Framing and making collaborative or solo YouTube projects.