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Elena Del Rivero - Works

#18 (9 Feathers), 2010
Graphite, carbon & ink on collaged Abaca paper
79 x 79 inches
Love Song #18, 2012
Oil, ink & thread in linen
14 x 14 inches
Love Song #26, 2012
Oil, ink & thread on linen
14 x 14 inches
Love Song #14, 2012
Oil, ink & thread on linen
14 x 14 inches
Love Song #21, 2012
Oil & ink on linen
14 x 14 inches
Love Song #22, 2012
Oil & ink on linen
14 x 14 inches
Love Song #25, 2012
Oil, ink & thread on linen
14 x 14 inches
Love Song #16, 2012
Oil & ink on linen
14 x 14 inches
Love Song #17, 2012
Oil & ink on linen
14 x 14 inches
Untitled #6, 2013
Oil & ink on linen
34 x 12 x 5 inches
Untitled #2, 2013
Oil, ink & thread on linen
14 x 14 inches
Untitled #4, 2013
Oil, ink, thread & nails on linen
17 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches
Untitled #3, 2013
Oil, ink & nails on linen, on 23 karat gold leaf on wood frame
16 x 17 inches
Love Song #45, 2012
Oil, ink & thread on linen
14 x 14 inches
Untitled #1, 2013
Oil & ink on linen
10 x 7 1/2 inches
My Wounds #37, 2006-09
Perforated, handmade abaca paper & ink
17 1/2 x 15 inches
My Wounds #34, 2006-09
Perforated, handmade abaca paper, thread, feather & ink
17 1/2 x 15 inches
My Wounds #30, 2006-09
Perforated, handmade abaca paper, thread & ink
17 1/2 x 15 inches

Artist Biography


Born in Valencia, Spain
Lives and works in New York


Intermediate College degree, University of Valencia, Spain
English Literature, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Diploma, English Literature, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
Printmaking and Painting, Estudio Arjona and Oscar Manesi Workshop, Madrid, Spain
Music Appreciation, Conservatory of Music, Madrid, Spain


Letter from Home: a rendez-vous, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY

Flying Letters, Jason McCoy Inc, New York, NY

Rhapsody (with Linn Meyers), Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY

Chant, New Museum, New York, NY
cedar liberty (with Leslie McCleave), State Museum of Albany, Albany, NY
cedar liberty (with Leslie McCleave), ICP, NYC
Flying Letters, Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain
Lawrimore Project, Seattle, WA

Flying Letters, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain
A drawing fallen from the sky, La Conservera, Murcia, Spain
Flying Letters, Espacio AV, Murcia, Spain (catalogue)

Oeil d’ame, Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain (catalogue)

Home Suite, with sound piece BRING LIGHT by Lawrence “Butch” Morris, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

A mano: trabajos sobre papel, with sound piece BRING LIGHTS by
Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Museo Patio Herrariano, Valladolid, Spain
Darling: On Rembrandt, Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain (catalogue)
A mano: Trabajos sobre papel, with sound piece BRING LIGHTS by Lawrence
“Butch” Morris, Centro Julio Gonzalez, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern IVAM, Valencia, Spain (catalogue)
L’amour prope. Testimonio de la caverna, Centro Cultural Fundacio “la Caixa”,
Lleida, Spain, Galeria Art Nueve, Murcia, Spain (catalogue)
At Hand, with sound piece BRING LIGHTS by Lawrence “Butch” Morris, IVAM,
Valencia, Spain (catalogue)

Ron Jagger Salon, Ground Zero, New York, NY

Heloise, Dieu Donne Papermill, New York, NY
Nine Broken Letters, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY
BROKENCLOUD, Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain
Nuberrota, Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain

Documentaciones, Centro Historico, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca

Sweet Home, DV, San Sebastian, Spain
La Perfecta Casada, Galería Elvira González, Madrid
Las Hilanderas, Dieu Donné Papermill, New York (catalogue)
Que Tenga Rejas de Bronce, Window Project, Art in General, New York, NY (catalogue)
[Swi:t] Home (One Year of My Life), Drawing Room, Drawing Center, New York,
NY (catalogue)

Entredos, Department of Film Studies, Universidad Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
In Love, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain

Five Kept Letters, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Letters to the Mother, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Letters from the Bride, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
Cartas, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain

Cartas, Espacio Caja-Burgos, Spain (catalogue)

300 Letters to the Mother V, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
Elena del Rivero, Museo de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain (catalogue)

With Light, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
Cartas y diarios, Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid, Spain

Mincher and Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco


Paper Trail: Contemporary prints, drawings and photographs from the collection,
Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine.
The Suspended Line, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY

Provisionals, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY

STILL EM MOVIMENTO: Lição de Pintura, Paço das Artes, Sao Paolo
Art=Text=Art, The Hafnarfjör!ur Center of Fine Arts, Hafnarfjör!ur, Iceland
Arte y Gastronomia, la cocina y la pintura, IVAM, Valencia

European Live Art Archive, University of Girona, Girona, Spain
Art=Text=Art, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
Genealogías feministas en el arte español, MUSAC, León, Spain
Identidad femenina en la colección del IVAM, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Drawn/Taped/Burned, Katonah Museum of Art* in Katonah, New York (catalogue)
Art=Text=Art, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, Virginia
Resonances: Looking for Mr. McLuhan, Pratt Galley, New York
Figureas de la Exclusion, Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain

Courier, University Art Museum, University of Albany, Albany, NY (catalogue)
Feeling what no longer is, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Heloïse perfundet Omnia Luce, Universidad de Barcelona
Escultura Española Actual 200-2010, Museo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain
Summer Shortcuts: a Drawing Forecast, Josee Bienvenue Gallery, NY
FEM_09, Trobada de Performance, Universitat Girona, Spain
Nueva York: El papel de las últimas Vanguardias, Museo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain
Hilos de Modernidad: Tapices y alfombras de la Real Fábrica de
, Real Fábrica de Tapices, Madrid

Nostalgia del Futuro. Homenaje a Renau, Centro del Carme, Valencia
Linhas, Grelhas, Manchas, Palavras. Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Blanco roto, Galería Elvria González, Madrid

What is a Line, Drawings from the Collection of Wynn Kramarsky, Yale University Art Gallery
Lines, Grids, Stains, Words, MOMA, travels to Museum Wiesbaden
La palabra imaginada, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain

Entre a palabra e a imaxe, Fundacion Luis Seoane, Coruna, Spain
Threads of Memory, Dorsky Gallery, New York (catalogue)

Dating Data, Josee Bienvenue Gallery, New York
Laboratorio de Genero, Centro Cultural de Espana, Montevido, Uruguay
Drawing and painting, Scott Cook Fine Art, New York
Barrocos y Neobarrocos, El Infierno de lo bello, DA 2 Domus Artium
Palacio de Abrantes, Salamanca, Spain (catalogue)

Encuentro entre dos colecciones, Arte Portugués y Español de los 90
Fundaçao de Serralves, Porto, Portugal and la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain (catalogue)
El arte dentro del arte, Fundacion Botin, Cordoba, Spain (catalogue)
L’Art de la relacio, Duoda, Capella de Sant Nicolau, Girona, Spain
Don’t call it performance, Museo del Barrio, New York
Don’t call it Performance, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla
Book As Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Bellas Artes en el Siglo XX, Atarazanas.Valencia, Spain,
Fine Lines, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Newer Genres: Twenty Years of Rutgers, Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ
Don’t call it performance, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (catalogue)
Elena del Rivero: [Swi:t] Home, Folio case by Rutgers Center for Innovation Print and Paper, Edition of 20
Il Raconto del Filo: Ricamo e Cucito nell’Arte Contemporanea, MART
Rovereto, Italy,
Miradas Complices, CGAC, Santiago Compostela, Spain
Personal Perspectives: The Rutgers Center, New Brunswick, NJ
In the Making, Gallery at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Systems Now: A survey of recent systematic art, Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, WI

Entre Líneas, Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (catalogue)
Microwave, Josee Bienvenue/Christinerose Gallery, New York
Gótico… pero Exótico, ARTIUM, Vitoria, Spain
Contemporary American Paper Artists: An Invitational Exhibition, Columbia College, Chicago
CONT-ACT (2) Percepcion, Galeria Palma12, Barcelona, Spain

By Hand:Patterns, Precision, and Repetition in Contemporary Drawing
University Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA (catalogue)
Between Text and Textiles, 123 Watts Gallery, New York (catalogue)
Spitting Image: Myth and Creation of Feminine Identity, University Connecticut, Stamford, CT
Rags to Riches: 25 Years of Paper Art from Dieu Donné, Milwaukee Art Museum (travels) (catalogue)

Microwave,two, 123 Watts Gallery, New York, NY
Paper Trail, The Rutgers Summerfest 2000, New Brunswick, NJ
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, MoMA, Long Island, NY (catalogue)
M’escriuras uns carta, Museu d’Art de Girona, Girona, Spain

Die Kunst der Linie Moglichkeiten des Graphischen, Landesgalerie Oberosterreich, Linz, Germany
Drawing is another king of language, The Art Parrish Museum, Southhampton, NY
At the Curve of the Wolrd, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA
Drawn to Scale, Wynn Kramarsky Space & Diey Donne Papermill, New York, NY
All Dressed in White: Bridal Traditions, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
Zeichnen ist eine andere Art von Sprache. Neure amerikanische Zeichnungen aus einer New Yorker, Privatsammlung, Academie der Kunste, Berlin, Musee de Picardie, Amiens, France
Cómo nos vemos. Imágenes y arquetipos femeninos., Circulo de Bellas Artes,
Madrid, Spain

Zeichnen ist eine andere Art von Sprache. Neure amerikanische Zeichnungen aus einer New Yorker, Privatsammlung, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Suisse
II Salón Refactario, Galería Buades, Madrid, Spain
Interlacings: The Craft of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
New Museum’s 21st Anniversary Benefit Gala, New York, NY (catalogue)
Gothic Distress, Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
Original Scale, Apexart, New York, NY
Cómo nos vemos. Imágenes y arquetipos femeninos., Centre d’Art Tecla Sala, l’Hospitalet de Llobregat

Drawing is Another Kind of Language: Recent American Drawings from a New York Private Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
New Work: Drawings Today, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
The Poetics Obsession, Linda Kirkland Gallery, New York, NY
Text & Identitiy: 12 Women/12 Artists, SUNY Stony Brook Univerosty, New York,
NY (catalogue)
Rao I Sensibilita, Fundacio “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain (catalogue)

25th Anniversary, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Margarte Roeder Gallery, Koln
To Live is to Leave Traces, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
Repetition of Form, Margarete Roeder Gallery, New York, NY

Peninsulares, Galeria Modulo, Lisboa (catalogue)
IntArt, New York
Options: Divergent Visions, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Human/Nature, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Parpalló 15/41, Centro Cultural La Beneficencia, Diputacion de Valencia, Spain
Johannesburg Biennale, The African Museum (catalogue)

Salón de los 16, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Spain
El Color de Los Sueños, Galería Jorge Mara, Madrid, Spain

America Discovers Spain I, Spanish Institure, New York, NY (catalogue)
Group show, Galerie Lelong, New York
Madrid the 80’s, Community of Madrid, Madrid, Spain (catalogue)


Barliant, C.; The Microwave, Art on Paper, January 2003
Barliant, C.; Pulp Witness: Elena del Rivero’s [Swi:t] Home, Art on Paper, May-June 2002
Bassas, A.; Entrevista a Elena del Rivero, Duoda, Centre de Recerca de Done,
May 2002
Brown, J; Minerva, Arachne and Marcel, 2002
Finch, E; A Conversation with Elena del Rivero, 2002
Ramirez, J.A.; Desnuda-Vestido, Vestida- Desnudo: Les Amoureuses (Elena and
Rrrose), con Marcel Duchamp al fondo , 2002
Rivas, Q; Busco Lana y Lino y Obro con el Saver de sus Manos
, M.M.; Las Perfectas. Documentaciones, Centro de Historico, Universidad de Salamanca, May 17th, Salamanca, Spain
Finch, E.; The Drawing as Instrument, Drawing Center Papers, April 18- July 28 2001
Rossetti, A; Desde mi Celda, Art in General, 2001
Llorca, P.; Elena del Rivero and Tere Recarens, Art Forum, September 2001
Kino, C.; The Emergent Factor ( A recent show at PS.1), Art in America, July, #7, 2000
Sichel, B.; Ese gran Laboratorio, The Journal of Art, #32, 2000
Kutner, J; Collector drawn to emerging artists, The Dallas Morning News, February 2000
Landi, A.; Drawing is Another Kind of Language, ARTnews, December 1999
Johnson, K.; Drawn to Scale, The New York Times, August, 6 1999
Spector, N.; Broadly Speaking, Dieu Donne Papermille, New York, 1999
Yablonsky, L.; Echo of an Unfinished letter, Track 16, 1999
Gonzalez, R; How to Feed and Sustain a Fragment, Track 16, 1999
Balsach, M.J., Letter to a Young Daughter, Cimal # 51, 1999
Cabello/Carceler ; Cartas desde la Nostalgia, The Journal of Art # 16, 1999
Sichel, B.; How to Take a Baby Home, New Observations, Summer/Fall 1998
Rego, J.C.; Cartas de Otono..., Arte y Parte. November #17 1998
Parreno, J.M.; Sus Labores, Arte y Parte # 14 1998
Yau, J.; After Scylla and Charybidis, Apex Art 1998
Schwarz, D.; Not a Drawing, Some Thoughts about Recent Drawing 1997
Letter to the Mother, The Paris Review, Winter 1997
Arriola, M.; Vivir es Dejar Huellas, Poliester, Winter, #5 1997
PARRENO. J.M.; Labores minimalistas, de Elena del Rivero, ABC, Feb.2, 1997
Danvila, J.R.; Elena del Rivero. El Punto de las Artes, Feb.14-20, 1997
Maderuelo.J.; Alegatos contra la madre, El País, Feb. 22, 1997
Cotter, H.; Art in Review, The New York Times, April 4, 1997
Braff, P.; Text and Identity: 12 Women/12 artists, The New York Times, April 6, 1997
Map, The Institute of International Visual Arts, The Arts Council of England, March 1997
Zaya, O., Black Looks, White Myths, Journal of Contemporary African Art, # 3 1995
Letter to the Mother, Atlántica, Issue # 9 1994
Martinez, A.; Elena del Rivero, Flash Art, March 1994


“A Reading”. 34 min. video. Performed at the Reina Sofía during the exhibit. “Five Kept Letters…”, Madrid
“Cinco Cartes a la Madre” Set of five etchings, Edition of 40. Oscar Manesi, Editor, Madrid
“Letter to the Mother.” Etching edition of 75. Collection “Air”, Iberia
Set of 10 etchings. Edition of 75. Estiarte Publications, Madrid
"Gambito de dama". Videotape produced by Fundacio Caixa de Pensions. Text by Horacio Fernandez.
"Landscape". Set of 8 hand colored etchings. Edition of 75. Seperate Estampa Edition with poetic text by Miguel Fernández-Cid.
Set of 3 etchings. Edition of 75. Seperate Estampa Edition


Colby College Museum of Art. Waterville. ME.
IVAM, Institut Valencia d’Art Contemporani. Valencia. Spain.
Pollock Gallery at Southern Methodist University. Dallas. TX.
Birmingahm Museum of Art. Alabama.
Johnson & Johnson collection. New York.
Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore. MD.
MoMA. New York.

Arkansas Arts Center. Little Rock. AR.
Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven. CT.
Atrium, Museum of Contemporary Art. Vitoria. Spain.
National Gallery of Art, Washington. DC.
CGAC, Santiago de Compostela. Spain.
Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid. Spain.
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums. Harvard. MA.
Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky. New York. NY.
Dieu Donné PaperMill. New York. NY.
American Express. San Francisco. CA.
Fundació La Caixa. Barcelona. Spain.
Fundación Coca Cola. Madrid. Spain.
Caja-Burgos. Burgos. Spain.
Museo Nacional Centro Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid. Spain.
Museo de Pamplona. Navarra. Spain.
Collection Nordstern Versichtunsen AG. Cologne. Germany.
Spanish Academy of Fine Arts. Rome. Italy.


Studio in a School, Artistic staff, New York, NY


Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center, Italy
New York Foundation for the Arts
Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Creative Capital Foundation
New York Foundation for the Arts
Premio Navarra, Painting, Pamplona, Spain
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
Prix de Rome, Painting, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Academia de Bellas Artes, Rome, Italy
Senyera Print Award, City Council of Valencia, Spain
Alfonso Roig Grant, Government of Valencia, Spain
Grant for Young Artists, Spanish Ministry of Culture, Spain


“Heloïse Perfundent Omnia Luce”. published by University of Barcelona. essays
by Assumpta Bassas and María Milagros Rivera. 2013.
“Elena del Rivero: Flying Letters”. La Conservera. Ceutí, Murcia. published by TF
Editors. essays by John Yau, Jose Ma Parreño, Joana Masó. 2010.
“Darling”. published by Galería Elvira González. Madrid. essays by Kara Vander
Weg and Elena del Rivero. 2006.
“Elena del Rivero: At Hand”. published by IVAM and Patio Herreriano. essays by
Elizabeth Finch, Olga Fernández, Mina Takahashi, Pepa Balsach and Linda
Yablonsky. 2006.
“Elena del Rivero”. published by University of Salamanca. Spain. essays by
Javier Panera, Juan Antonio Ramírez, María José Balsach, Jonathan Brown,
Elizabeth Finch, Quico Rivas and María Milagros Rivera. 2002.
“Performance Drawings”. published by The Drawing Center. New York. essay by
Elizabeth Finch. 2001.
“At The Curve of The World at Track 16 Gallery”. published by Smart Art Press.
Los Angeles. essays by Linda Yablonsky. 1999.
“Elena del Rivero. Espacio UNO”. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reína Sofía.
essay by Assumpta Bassas. 1999
“Elena del Rivero: Cartas y cárceles”. Espais Centre d’Art Contemporani. essay
by María José Balsach. 1994
“Elena del Rivero: La Aurora”. Anselmo Alvarez Galería de Arte. essays by
María José Balsach and Miguel Fernández-Cid. 1990.
“Elena del Rivero: Gambito de Dama”. Fundació Caixa de Pensions Valencia.
Spain. essay by Horacio Fernández. 1989.
“Elena del Rivero: Geometría de la Memoria”. Galería Mar Estrada. essay by
Francisco Jarauta. 1987.
“In Love”. Brochure entry . Galería Javier lópez. Madrid.
“Sos un Tango Para mí”. October 24,1999. Madrid. Introduction Essay to Letanías by Oscar Manesi. A Magic Circus CD-Rom.
“Cinco Cartas Retenidas, una sexta inacabada, una septima enviada, más una octava recibida”. Brochure entry. Reina Sofía. Madrid. October 1998.
Arte y Parte. Issue # 14. April-May 1998. “Cartas Tejidas. Madrid”
Arte y Parte.Issue # 9. June-July 1997. “Carta a Carmen Calvo”. Madrid
Ceación. Estética y Teoría de las Artes. Issue # 13. February 1995. “Beverly Semmes”. Madrid
Guiarte. Issue # 13. June 1994. “Marlene Dumas”. Pages 1 & 2 Madrid.
Guiarte. Issue # 5. May 1993. “Jonh Coplans”. Page 15. Madrid


MACBA. Barcelona. El Feminismo en la esfera artística: La recepción de los 70. December 2.
School of New Rochelle. New Rochelle. NY. Visiting Artist Lecture. 17 November, 1999
Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion. Stamford. CT. Hand Made. 28 September, 1998.
Wellesley College. “Celebrating Justina Ruiz Conde”. Weaving of Memory.Library Lecture Room. Wellesley. Ma. April 14, 1998.

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