Quintín Rivera Toro
Quintín Rivera Toro was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 1978. He holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Hunter College, New York – 2001, a B.A. in Communications and Film Studies, from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras – 2007, and a M.F.A. Degree in the Sculpture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.
In his native Puerto Rico, Quintín was awarded The Lexus Grant for artists. His public art project “Un espacio libre,” originally shown in his hometown of Caguas, was invited to travel to El Museo del Barrio for the S-Files biennial and the art fair PINTA, both in NYC; it was also shown in the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and with F.I.S.T. ART in Dorado. His photographic work received an Honorable Mention from Puerto Rico’s Museum of Contemporary Art and a First Prize award from the University of Sagrado Corazón’s Contemporary Photography Contest, in San Juan. He co-founded and worked as the Director of ÁREA, lugar de proyectos in Caguas.
Quintín has been awarded with the DAAD German Academic Exchange Travel Grant, with which he travelled to Cologne and Berlin in Germany. He has received full fellowships for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson Vermont and the National Academy of Design in New York City; he has also been an artist in residence at the Ox Bow School of Art, S.A.I.C. in Saugatuck, Michigan. Quintín also worked as an intern at the Chinati Museum in Marfa, Texas, and he studied with the Escuela Internacional de Teatro de América Latina y el Caribe (E.I.T.A.L.C.) in Cuernavaca, Mexico. His work was selected by Zona MACO art fair as a focused work and displayed his “Weak Paintings” in a solo booth sponsored by VH1. He was awarded an Achievement Scholarship from Transart Institute and completed their summer residency program in Berlin, Germany.
Quintín is a R.I.S.C.A. (N.E.A.) Individual Artist Grant Recipient, and has received a Sylvia Leslie Young Herman Scholarship Award as well as Academic Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design.