Anna “Ana” Rivera was born in Huntington Park, California, but did not spend much of her life there.  She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s South Valley,  in an environment rich in hispanic culture and where most of her extended family still resides.  She currently lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband and daughter, it is there that she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for creating art.

She began drawing at an early age (5 is the earliest she can recall) and was inspired by horses and unicorns.  Growing up an only child until the age of nine, she spent a great deal of time alone in her own world, drawing, creating, dreaming...”Then it happened-STAR WARS and KISS, I was hooked like everyone else, but MY dream was to become a concept/special effects artist, and I became obsessed with Pop Culture.”  It was during this period that she began developing her artistic skill...she is self taught.

“After high school I didn’t go to art school like I should have, instead I was sidetracked by another dream, to be the best female drummer around.  It was late 80’s early 90’s and there really weren’t too many that we heard of, so after years of drumming in my teens, I joined a few rock bands in my twenties and found out (as much as I did enjoy it) it really wasn’t my calling or my passion...”

Ana’s images and ideas don’t come from dreams, they stem from a lifetime of observations, built up emotions and feelings that were never expressed,  which are now triggered by people, music and life.  She specializes in pencil drawings, which reflect a distinct and original style not commonly found in the medium and her attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of her work.


The Resume

2001 (Debut) Las Malcriadas, Coloring Out of the Lines. Emanations Gallery, Santa Fe, NM   Reviews

2003 Originals, Traces of the Journey, sponsored by New Mexico Women in the Arts, a state committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM  Reviews

2003 Arts International Exhibition. El Paso, TX (Presented with the Rudy Montoya Memorial Award of Excellence)   Reviews

2004 Group Exhibit. DA Center for the Arts, Pamona, CA

2005 Arts International Exhibition. International Arts Museum, El Paso, TX

2006-2009 Gallery Five O Five at The Framers Edge. Bernalillo, NM

2012-EXPO NM, Hispanic Arts Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (First Place Ribbon in Drawing category)

2013-EXPO NM, Hispanic Arts Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (Honorable Mention in Drawing category)

2014-MOLAA Long Beach CA,  Museum of Latin American Art, artwork on virtual display during FRIDAMANIA: Women’s Day Festival Show 2014.

2014-Pop Femme Sugarcoated Strange, Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2015-Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM