de Rivera, American (1904 - 1985)
Self-taught American sculptor, José de Rivera, was
born in Louisiana and at age twenty moved to Chicago. He worked
as a journeyman for seven years making tools, pipe fitting,
and die-casting. In 1932, de Rivera made a trip to Europe and
when he returned he knew that he wanted to sculpt. Many of de
Rivera’s sculptures are steel or bronze bands twisted
into three-dimensional shapes. His work is highly crafted, buffed,
and polished. Some pieces by de Rivera are mounted on rotating
discs so that the development of the shape can be better seen.
Education and Training
He worked for eight years in industry: tool, die, machine tool,
experimental design, construction and operation,
foundry and machine shop practice.
Studied drawing with John W. Norton, Chicago.
Study-travel: Sculpture in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Egypt.
Selected Solo Exhibtions:
"Jose de Rivera: Abstract Sculpture, Painting, and Works
on Paper", Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago, November
1, 2002 - January 31, 2003.
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, November 1983.
"Jose de Rivera:Sculpture Constructions", Grace Borgenicht
Gallery, New York, November 15- December 18.
"Jose de Rivera:Sculpture: Constructions", Grace Borgenicht
Gallery, New York, October 28 - November 25.
"Construction #158",Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New
York, November 15 - December 19.
"Jose de Rivera: Retrospective Exhibition 1930-1971"
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Isaac Delgado Museum of American Art, New Orleans
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla,California, February
20 - April 16.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 8-June 8.
"Concurrent Exhibition- Jose de Rivera Retrospective",
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, The Whitney Museum of
"Recent Sculpture",Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York,October
4 - 30.
Selected Public Collections:
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
The Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
City of Lansing, Lansing, MI
City of Queens, Flushing Meadow Park, New York, NY
Dallas Hilton Hotel, Dallas, TX
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Hiratsuka, Japan
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution,
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Munson-Williams- Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Neuberger Museum, State University of New York Collage at
Purchase, Purchase, NY
Newark Airport, Newark, NJ
Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Tate Gallery, London
University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
University Art Museum, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,
The University Museum, Philadelphia, PA
University of Nebraska, Lincoln Art Galleries, Lincoln, NE
University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School of Communications,
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
William Kaufman Organization, 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY.