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Artist David Rios Ferreira

David Rios Ferreira



American b. 1982  —  American b.1982 - In David Rios Ferreira’s mixed media drawings and sculptures, appropriated images from coloring books and animation, 18th-century newspaper etchings, and political cartoons from the 1900s coalesce into a study on identity formation—an investigation of race, nation, sexuality, and gender. Familiar cartoon characters are deconstructed and reinterpreted to become temporal beings and transmitters of imagined histories. These beings, and the space they inhabit furnish an in-between reality—a reality that signals how the body both bears and transforms historical memory. Rios Ferreira has exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and abroad including Seattle, WA, and Berlin, Germany. He’s held solo exhibitions at Rush Arts Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Wave Hill (Bronx, NY) and the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, (Brattleboro, VT). Residencies include the Lower East Side Printshop (New York, NY), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York, NY), The Center for Book Arts (New York, NY), as well as The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program and Bronx Biennial (Bronx, NY). Awards include a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship from the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, a National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Fund for the Arts grant and the ArtSlant Grand Prize. David Rios Ferreira holds a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union. He lives and works in Jersey City and Newark, NJ.

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Project for Empty Space
283 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102

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