Quique Rivera
Filmmaker and Animator
Glendale, CA
2016 USA Fellow

This award is generously supported by The Todd and Betiana Simon Foundation.

Quique Rivera is a Puerto Rican artist and multiple award winning filmmaker specialized in stop motion animation; a discipline that gathers all of his artistic interests into a single art medium. Rivera holds a BFA from the University of Puerto Rico (2008) and an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts (2014), where he received the 2013 LAIKA Annual Scholarship. His film “Así de grandes son las ideas”, a collaboration with renowned artist René Pérez Joglar, earned Rivera a Best Music Video nomination at the Latin Grammy Awards 2015, among other international recognitions.His previous films Menuda Urbe (2010), Aedes (2011) and El delirio del pez león (2012) have been screened at over fifty festivals internationally, including Ottawa International Animation Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Slamdance, New Orleans Film Festival, Cinefiesta, Raindance, Moscow International Film Festival and the Havana Film Festival, winning top awards in multiple occasions. He has been juror for animation categories at various film festivals, including the 2013 New Orleans FF where he won the Grand Jury Award the previous year. Rivera has been guest professor and workshop instructor at the University of Puerto Rico and the Atlantic University College. He currently works as a freelance artist and director with base at Open the Portal Studios in LA, and has collaborated with Disney Interactive, Chiodo Bros, and PES among others.

Portrait photo by Simply Bianca Alexa.
  • Artwork by Quique Rivera
    Menuda Urbe (Spare Change), 2010. Cut out animation (stop motion) Photo courtesy of the artist.
  • Artwork by Quique Rivera
    Aedes, 2011. Stop motion animation. Photo courtesy of the artist.
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