Armando Rivas

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

I am Venezuelan, and this is my first year here at Concordia in the fine arts program. Traditionally I have always painted, and something I have done for years is make computer models as reference material for my paintings. This is what has made this last year so exciting, as I have been able to bring these digital fantasy worlds to life. For some time I worked in an architecture firm and carpentry, both of which were profoundly instructive experiences. Since I have been exploring the field of construction but through an artistic lens. I am deeply interested in the power of spaces and the influence they can exert on individuals or a collective. From always I have explored miniatures and using them as a means of visualizing grand spaces. What has been particular about the last couple of months has been that I’ve considered material for the first time. Before, most of my work was painted on canvas. Seeing a reduced budget, I have sought for alternatives, and that led me to work more and more with CUCCR.

Armando Rivas