Humberto Rivas

Buenos Aires| b.1937 - 2009



He was one of the most important Argentine photographers in history. He developed much of his career in Spain, not without having worked extensively in the Argentine art scene as part of the generation Di Tella of the 60s, portraying figures such as Jorge Luis Borges Romulo Macció, Roberto Aizenberg, Juan Carlos Distefano, among others. The photographic approach of Humberto Rivas are situated closer to objectivity, taking as references to Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Alfred Stieglitz, August Sander and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The endless appearances of the world and the beings, the impalpable nuances of the moods which clarify or darken the image of things, the trail of shadows left by light in each of his images, the masterful use of chiaroscuro subject to dreamlike climates are some of the plastic elements with which  Humberto Rivashasworked in his artistic repertoire.

His work has been recognized with several awards, including the Award of Plastic Arts City of Barcelona in 1996, the National Photography Prize in 1997 and the Gold Medal for artistic merit of the City of Barcelona in 2009. Some of his most significant solo shows have been in Sala Arcs, Barcelona, ​​1991; Galerij Perspektief, Rotterdam, 1992; Antonio de Barnola Gallery, Barcelona, ​​1994; School of Fine Arts in Huesca, 1996; IVAM, 1996; Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, 1998; the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela, 1999. Collections such as the one of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Gabriel Cualladó, IVAM, Valencia. ; Fons d’Art de la Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona; Cultural Foundation Televisa, Mexico; Valencian Institute of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; Federico Klemm Foundation, Buenos Aires; Museum of Contemporary Art (MAR), Mar del Plata, Argentina; Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, MAMBA; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, ​​Spain; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA; Collection Hazan; Rabobank Group, Argentina treasure their work.