Jorge Rivas | Banco, 2003 | Pardillo wood
Jorge Rivas
Jorge Rivas

Jorge Rivas

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, 1964; lives and works in New York, USA

Furniture can tell stories, and my work seeks to involve the user in my creative universe, which is linked to Venezuelan material tradition and modern design. Designs are inspired by the past and projected into the future, and I seek to establish a dialogue between different moments and aspects of material culture, history, art, and society. My references include pre-Columbian cultures, the art of the colonial period in Latin America, Venezuelan design of the mid-twentieth century, geometric abstraction, and modern design. In all my pieces, there is a careful study of geometry, proportion, and the relationship between the whole and its parts. I also believe that the materials and manufacturing techniques are essential parts of each project. Although I have used a range of materials, wood is my preferred medium. I generally choose varieties of wood available in Latin America for their colors and grains, which are specific to tropical species. My furniture is inextricably linked to its production environment and to traditional craftsmanship, especially the artisans and the communities where it is manufactured.

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