Samuel Riera Havana, Cuba | 1978
Error is always the best source, and the most needed; error is the opportune twist to reality that transforms things, it is the patron guided by the divine that ends up as art because nobody defines it.
His voice moves fluently through a variety of techniques, encompassing Graphic Arts, Painting, Video Art, Cinema and Installation. Samuel is a creator who demands art to be a permanent endeavor. The great range of resources he works with makes him a multidisciplinary artist who explores his reality without respite.
Riera graduated from the San Alejandro National Academy of Fine Arts where he specialized in engraving and went on to study graphic art at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA). He served as Professor of Engraving at San Alejandro from 2001-2006.
In 2012, Samuel founded RIERA STUDIO with the objective of creating an autonomous space for dialogue, diagnosis and cooperation amongst alternative discourses dealing with Cuban art, supporting primarily the presence and development of peripheral (outsider) art beyond the centrist current, and in 2013 he created Art Brut Project Cuba, aimed at building an action program throughout Cuba that recognizes, catalogues, supports and promotes the work of Cuban Art Brut creators.
Samuel's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Spain, Denmark, the United States, Japan, France, Mexico, Dominican Republican, Taiwan, Venezuela, Costa Rica, South Africa, Honduras and Cuba. His work is in the permanent collection of the First Museum of Cuban Art in Vienna, Austria, as well as in the permanent collection of New York University, among other private collections in Spain, Denmark, United States, Japan, Venezuela, Costa Rica, South Africa and Cuba.
He lives and works in Havana, Cuba.