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 Enrique Riveron  (1902 - 1998)

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Lived/Active: Florida/Kansas / Cuba      Known for: abstract, African-American themed painting, cartoons

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Born Cienfuegos, Cuba, 1902; died Melbourne, FL, Apr. 23, 1998.

Painter. Cartoonist. Pastels.

After studying art in Havana, at age 18, he began drawing cartoons and caricatures for major magazines and newspapers there.  He helped found a cartoonist group, the “Salon de Humoristas.”  In 1924, his hometown awarded him a three year fellowship to study art in Europe.  While in Paris, he was a member of a loosely organized group of young Latin artists and writers calling themselves the “Grupo de Montparnasse.”  During his first visit to New York in 1927, he met many artists and writers, including Langston Hughes, John Dos Passos and Fanny Hurst; often joining them to hear jazz at the Savoy and the Cotton Club in Harlem.  His sophisticated, stylish cartoons appeared in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

Back in Havana, Riveron’s cartoons against the dictator Gerardo Machado forced him to leave again for New York and this time he stayed.  In 1938, the family moved to Hollywood, CA where he worked for Walt Disney Studios on "Snow White" and penciled Mickey Mouse storyboards but the family again moved back to New York then moved to Wichita in 1944.  Occasionally, Riveron did commercial art at Beechcraft and at the Wichita Beacon and taught at the Wichita Art Association and at Wichita University 

His work was primarily abstract and often contained Afro-Cuban themes.  He entered regional and national competitions, and won several awards. While exhibiting in Wichita, New York, Cuba and Mexico, he continued to send cartoons to Cine Mundial and Cuban magazines until the middle 1950s.  In 1960 he opened an art gallery in Miami, dedicated to showing the latest contemporary work.
Cintas Lifetime Achievement Award, 1988

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition (Kansas City: Kansas City Art Institute, 1920-1942 Mines, Cynthia. For the Sake of Art: The Story of an Art Movement in Kansas. s.l. Mines, 1979.) 1942; Beach; Johnson, John. Wichita Group, 0I, accessed Jan. 4, 2006; Lee, Patricia Riveron. Enrique Riveron,, accessed Jan. 4, 2006; Trasobares, César. Riverón, 1925-1950:Riverón, 1950-1980. (Miami: Lowe Art Museum, 1980).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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