While studying civil engineering in Guadalajara, Mexico and not having too much time and space to paint he would paint on the walls of his bedroom; That’s where he painted his first big mural which was the cover of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Since then he has a passion to paint on big surfaces.
In 1994 he started working as a muralist, he was commissioned numerous murals and decorative finishes in private residences, restaurants and churches, while he continued to paint on canvas in his spare time. Inspired by great masters like Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera and other artists; Hugo Rivera began experimenting and creating his own individualized style and technique of painting.
Hugo Rivera’s work has been successfully exhibited in many galleries including a permanent exhibition at Museum Vladimir Cora in Nayarit, Mexico. He also has exhibited his art work throughout his local community and at nationally prestigious outdoor juried fairs including the Indian Wells Art Festival in which he won Second Place Award. At San Diego’s original Fine Art Festival where he was honored as a featured artist. At Beverly Hills Art Festival, Malibu Art Festival and La Jolla Festival of Arts. Hugo Rivera was also the recipient of Best Work by a First Year Artist Award in 2013 at the Sawdust Art Festival and from his recent participation at the same festival he won third place for Best Painting Award. Currently, Hugo Rivera is an internationally renowned artist. His work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide.
Hugo Rivera’s work continues to grow, always finding ways to reinvent himself by coming up with new ideas.
In 1994 Hugo Rivera began working as a muralist. By 2000 he opened a painting studio in Huntington Beach but it wasn’t until 2007 that he decided to focus more time on his painting career. In 2012 Hugo Rivera opened his own gallery ”Hugo Rivera Gallery” in the city of Laguna Beach (550 south coast Hwy int #3, Laguna Beach CA 92651).
Currently, Hugo Rivera lives in Laguna Beach with his wife Erika and son Diego Rivera.
Art a Fair in laguna Beach 2012-2017 Booth C-28
Festival Of Arts in Laguna Beach 2015-2016
Festival O Arts South Gallery Feb-Apr 2017
Laguna Beach City Hall apr-may 2016-2017
Laguna Niguel Design Center ( Fremarc) 2014-current
Sterling BMW February 2017
Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach 2008 – may 2012
Trebor/Nevets, Long Beach 2009 – present
Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion OCC2010 http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/academics/divisions/visual_arts/
Gallery 104, San Clemente 2009
Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion OCC 2009http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/academics/divisions/visual_arts/
Golden West College Art Gallery. Fall 2003 http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/finearts/gallery.html
Huntington Beach Art Center, 1999
Santora Arts Building, Santa Ana art District 1995
Festival of the arts 2015,2016 https://www.foapom.com
Sawdust Festival 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 http://sawdustartfestival.org
Art A Fair 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 http://art-a-fair.com
Malibu, Art Festival 2011 http://www.fairsandfestivals.net
Beverly Hills, affaire in the gardens 2010
San Diego, Little Italy Art Festival 2010 http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/