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Onalee A Rivera
Bayside, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT:

I tell stories of my past using my experiences and memories as a guide. The goal is to create pieces that have a personal significance as well as a broader connection to viewers. My personal satisfaction comes each time I connect various memories to tell a story. Although these stories come from within me and contain secrets that only I know, viewers can relate through their own experiences and construct a meaning that holds significance for them.

The specificity of portraiture is a major component of my work. Within each painting, I use a variety of stylistic approaches. I alter the technique from portrait to portrait to best capture a fleeting expression or a characteristic unique to each person. I also use graphics elements to contextualize the stories and visually connect one instance to another.

These stories grew out of an initial series of single portraits of people surrounding me. My current works tell stories of the past rather than the present while recording my own perceptions of family history. The stories being told are about coming of age as a Puerto Rican child growing up in New York. They contain cultural elements which connect my siblings and me with relatives of all generations.

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  • Andrew & Brandon

  • Exit Via Fashion

  • Me and Dad

  • Sarah

  • Ryan

  • Blanca's Girls

  • Mis Abuelas

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  • Onalee Pixels

  • Model

  • Doris

  • Rich

  • Onalee Close-up

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  • Mechanical 2
 








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