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Charles Biasiny-Rivera

© Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Goldchild, 1998
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Charles Biasiny-Rivera

© Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Pepita de Mango #1, 1977

Charles Biasiny-Rivera
Born: 1930, Bronx, NY
Resides: Olivebridge, NY

Puerto Rican

Selected Exhibitions:
En Foco at Venice Arts, Venice, CA 2013
En Foco at The Arts at CIIS, San Francisco, CA 2013
En Foco at Aljira, Newark, NJ 2012
En Foco at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC 2012
En Foco at Light Work, Syracuse, NY 2011
John Jay College Art Gallery, New York, NY
Lehigh Art Gallery, PA
FotoFest, Houston, TX

Apprenticeship with Sir Cecil Beaton
BA, Photography & Latin American Literature & Culture, Empire State College / SUNY, 1989

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, 1992, 2000

Bellagio Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation, Italy, 1993
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Critics Residency Award, 1991 and 1993
Residency, Light Work, Syracuse, NY, 1992

Charles Biasiny-Rivera is the co-founder of En Foco, Inc, and was its Executive Director from 1974 to December 2005. Biasiny-Rivera began his career as a photographer during the Korean war where he served with the military. He later became an apprentice to photographer Sir Cecil Beaton and went on to work in magazine and fashion photography during the sixties and seventies. His early creative work was humanistic in nature, largely inspired by Robert Frank, Roy De Carava and W. Eugene Smith.

He believes that his experience as a photographer documenting street theatre around the world through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, profoundly influenced his life and work. While traveling throughout India, Bali and South America, he became aware of the powerful messages emanating from the cultures of those countries. He continues to be intensely and personally drawn to the island culture of Puerto Rico, birthplace of his parents, which has greatly influenced his most recent series.
Biasiny-Rivera was born in New York City and is a graduate of the State University of New York / Empire State College, earning a B.A. in Photography and Latin American Literature and Culture (1989). He received two New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships in Photography (1992 and again in 2000) and an Artist in Residence award from Light Work, Syracuse, New York (1992).

He has been awarded the Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, for an artist residency in Italy (1993); the recipient of two Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation critic residency awards through the Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland (1991) and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware (1993). He co-curated the American Voices exhibition which opened at Fotofest (Houston, Texas, 1996) and traveled to the Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C., 1997).


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