a native of New York City, attended the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union in New York and received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Rivera, who founded the Graffiti Alternatives Workshop in Philadelphia, has a long involvement with public art. He has created numerous site specific sculptures and installations in both Pennsylvania and New York. In recent years Rivera's work has been seen at El Museo del Barrio, Studio Museum in Harlem, NYNEX Corporation, Tyringham Gallery and at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. Rivera's public art commissions include the Bronx Council on the Arts, Hunts Point Sculpture Garden; Artists in the Garden / Operation Greenthumb; the Friends Central School in Philadelphia; and a monumental wall sculpture for Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

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