Rafael Rivera creates high resolution aerial pictures by shooting hundreds of photos, and then piecing them together like that of an intricate puzzle. In this way, his pictures offer a new perspective with the magnificent virtual viewpoint of extreme distance, and at the same time capturing the grandeur of extreme detail. Instead of limiting his pictures to a bird's eye view, he uses the helicopter as an extension to his tripod to find the best possible compositions. His wide angle aerial panoramas reveal a world of rich detail showing everything as far as the eye can see.
Rafael was born in El Banco, Colombia in 1975 and was raised partially in Colombia and in Montclair New Jersey. He graduated from William Paterson University in Wayne New Jersey where he obtained a BFA with a concentration in Animation. Digital artwork has always been a facination of Rafael's since childhood, having created some of his first work on a Commodore 64. In 2000 he was introduced to photoshop and the rest is history. Photoshop in combination with other tools has the capacity to recreate pretty much anything conceivable by the human brain. This endless potential is what draws Rafael to a tool capable of creating entire worlds.
Background and Training
Graduated with a BFA from William Paterson University - May 2005
Has been creating digital computer artwork since 1999.
Exhibitions and Festivals
Carnaval of Barranquilla Photo Exibit, Houston Community College, Houston Texas, 2011
Primer Encuentro Fotografico GraphX/Fuji, Cancun Quintana Roo, Mexico 2006
La Jolla Digital, The Village gallery, La Jolla California, 2006
MetroCaf, Metropolitan College Animation Film Festival, New York City, 2003
Awards Honors and Recognition
TEDxLaJolla Cutting Edge Innovations Guest Speaker, La Jolla California 2010 and 2011
Best Western Inn By The Sea, La Jolla, Featured artwork in 129 guest rooms and common areas 2010
Southwest Airlines Featured artwork in 500 SW terminals all over the USA 2009-2010
Keys to The City in his home town, El Banco Magdalena Colombia for excellent work abroad 2009
Honorable Mention, La Jolla Digital, La Jolla California, USA 2006
Selected for the inaugural MetroCaf College Animation Film Festival, NYC, 2003