Cover | Alejandro Rivera
The Origin of Flowers (oil and acrylic on canvas). To view a painting by Mexican artist Alejandro Rivera is to enter into an alternate universe, a place where time has collapsed, allowing artifacts of disparate civilizations to engage in a continuous and complex dialogue. His works have a labyrinthine, densely narrative quality that both invites and rewards extended contemplation. Rivera's ability to manipulate symbols has allowed for compositions that speak incisively about the timeless, collective nature of human experience. Rivera's paintings can often be read as allegories of contemporary life—especially in Mexico, where elements of American pop culture have become deeply ingrained in society. Yet for all their depth of symbolism, Rivera's paintings are not prescriptive. They are, more than anything else, expansive works, testaments to the boundless potential of the human imagination (summary from Caldwell Snyder Gallery). His work can be seen at Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Union Square, San Francisco, 415-392-2299, www.CaldwellSnyder.com.
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