Collage is Riviera's favorite art form. He likes
the flexibility it affords him." I paint on them. I use pen and ink,
just about everything. I take the first step, and then the work takes me.
I'm always experimenting, trying new things."
Creative scavenging is also part of the process. Squirreled away in Riviera's
studio is a morgue of old photos, postage stamps from around the world,
post cards bought at antique shops, old books gotten from museums, packing
slips, patterned wallpaper, old sheet music, costumes, and a wire mesh fish
basket. All find their way into his creations.
Sometimes, he'll pull out an already completed work and give it a new life
in an altered state."What I learn from one piece I carry over to the
next," he says.