"If you have health issues I recommend you not to go in. It can be too disturbing"

Portrait of an Artist is an exhibition of eighteen digital portraits plus seven miscellaneous images, accompanied by music. There is a sculptor, two writers, two painters, two dancers, a musician, a philosopher... Each of them is framed in their world, in their art, but as a whole they form a gallery that suggests a peculiar community of separate beings. There, more than what is or may be, what matters is being in this moment - or not, because it is an anonymous movement of estrangement. Figures that move between two chimeric ends: an origin, a destination.
Rivavelarde has invoked these artists and shows them at different moments of their uncertain transformations: a series of mutation processes in which faces become landscape, so that the further inside you go, the more outside you are thrown, ending up by seeing what is not there, drastically revealing what always ends up being a portrait: the contemplation of someone who was present at that moment.


Studio photos:
Michael Slobodian (8 pics) - María Belchi (1) - Mikolai Berg (1) - Bernardo Rivavelarde (8)

Video edit:
Félix Liberato

Thanks to:
Niclas Elvingsson, Nacho Ares, Alexander Bard, Miguel Rivavelarde

The 18 portraits of the exhibition are displayed on one big led monolith/monitor. The room is completely dark and the sound design is running non stop through multiple speakers. The public is in front the monolith to live the experience (visual and sound) of the exhibition.
Movie video with all portraits artworks is 14 minutes lenght.
The installation consists is a kind of epilepsy attack for the visitors. A “health warning” sign must be put up, already at the entry.

In a separated area in the room some artworks are exhibited printed out in Vitra technique so visitors can watch them in detail. Vitra is a brand new printing formula that offers maximum quality, lasting forever and fire resistant.

Bernardo Rivavelarde is an artist and graphic designer born in Santander (Spain). He studied graphic design at the Escuela de Comunicación Gráfica (Madrid).


Rivavelarde presented in 1999 his first digital exhibition called Escuchando Imágenes (Listening to Images); a proposal to bring together art and graphic design. It offered a selection of images, animations, and interactive artworks. Listening to Images received major spanish awards in graphic and artistic design, such as LAUS and MOBIUS awards. Listening to Images debuted at the Valle Quintana Gallery in Madrid. Bernardo collaborated musically with the spanish electronic music duo The Lab. Listening to Images was selected to be part of the exhibition Signs of the Century, 100 Years of Graphic Design in Spain that debuted at the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid, Spain). Listening to Images was also selected for the Spanish exhibition Pasión, Spanish Design in Berlin.

In 2003 Rivavelarde created a new exhibition; Homodigitalis. A 30 minute animated movie divided into three parts—The Body, The Machine and The Future. Homodigitalis was screened at The National Library of Spain (Madrid). It was also exhibited in Italy, Mexico and Germany.. The music was created again by The Lab. Homodigitalis the movie was released on DVD and its soundtrack on CD.

In 2012, Rivavelarde presented his third exhibition Future Nature at the Museum Prince Felipe at The City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, Spain. Future Nature includes images, sound landscapes, and motion graphics that show a new environment molded by new technologies. The Lab composed the sound design. Due to success with more than 1.5 million visitors, it was extended until April 14th 2013.

Future Nature became a finalist at the 2011 Japan Media Art Festival (Tokyo) and was included in "best of the year category" at 2011 Prix Ars Electronica (Austria). At the end of 2012, Future Nature was selected to be shown in the 2012 Yota Space Festival in Saint Petersburg (Russia).

In 2005 and 2008 Bernardo Rivavelarde was selected by the publisher Taschen as a leading graphic designers in Graphic Design for the 21st Century, and Contemporary Graphic Design. Bernardo and his twin brother started their own graphics studio in 2000, working for clients such as CBRE Richard Ellis, Emirates, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Renault, etc.

From 2000 to 2010 Bernardo worked for Nacho Duato, the artistic director for the Compañía Nacional de Danza of Spain. In 2014 Nacho Duato became Artistic Director of Staatsballett Berlin and Nacho called Bernardo to redesign the full identity brand image of the Theater and Company.

From 2012 to 2015, Bernardo also designed brand identity and comunication campaigns for the Zarzuela (Operetta) Theater (Madrid, Spain).

In 2017, Rivavelarde designed the book: 40th Years in Images, Ballet Nacional de España. Rivavelarde created more than100 images for the 40th Anniversary of the National Spanish Ballet.

In 2020 Rivavelarde presents his new exhibition Portrait of an Artist.


Escuchando Imágenes (Listening to images) 1998 – www.escuchandoimagenes.com

Homodigitalis 2003 - www.homodigitalis.com

Future Nature 2012 - www.futurenature.org

Portrait of an Artist 2020 - portrait.rivavelarde.com


Red Dot Design award 2015 (Berlin, Germany)

Future Nature selected into “best of 2011” category at the Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria)

Future Nature finalist at the 2011 Japan Media Arts Festival (Tokyo, Japan)

Interactive Media Design Review (UK)

Cannes Festival (France)

LAUS (Spain)

MOBIUS (Spain)

Cámara de Comercio (Spain)

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