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Enrique Riverón papers, 1918-1990s

Riverón, Enrique, 1902-1998

Painter, Cartoonist, Sculptor, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 3.3 linear ft.

Summary: Correspondence, writings and diary entries, scrapbooks, printed materials, and photographs documenting Riveron's career as an illustrator, cartoonist, painter and sculptor in the United States, Cuba, and to a lesser degree, his teaching career at Wichita University, Kan.
Correspondence, 1941-1990, is with artists and others, including Mario Carreño, Julio de Diego, Attonio Gattorno, Langston Hughes, Alfredo Lozano, Antonio Prohias, Pauline and Frank Rebajes, Baruj Salinas, José Gomez Sicre, Adja Yunkers, and others. Most of the correspondence concerns Riverón's exhibitions.
Writings (1969-1985) are primarily Riverón's recollections of his trips to Paris and Madrid, and of the people he met in Latin America, Europe, and the U.S., among them Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Federico Garcia Lorca, Kiki de Montparnasse, Mario Moreno (Cantinflas), Pablo Picasso, and Walter Pidgeon. There are also poetry, notes on art and film projects, childhood recollections, and scattered diary entries (1929-1960), including an entry about his father's visit from Cuba in 1947.
Printed material (1918-1991) consists of exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings, and magazines such as Bally-Hoo and Cine Mundial featuring his caricatures. Scrapbooks (1920s-1990s) contain clippings, printed cartoons and illustrations; and reviews of exhibitions from U.S. and Latin American newspapers.
Photographs (1918-1990) are of Riveron, his wife Noella, art work, artists, actors, musicians, and others, including Cundo Bermudez, Mario Carreño, Xavier Cugat, Ray Milland, Mario Moreno (Cantinflas), Pablo Neruda, Jose Clemente Orozco, Amelia Peláez, Alma Reed, Rosalind Russell, Juan José Sicre, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, and Luis Gomez Waguemert.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, sculptor, cartoonist, illustrator; Miami, Fla.; b. 1902 in Cienfuegos, Cuba; d. 1998. Riverón traveled and studied under scholarship in his early twenties to France, Italy, Belgium, and Spain. He attended the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid and had a one man show in Paris as well as several in Havana and New York. For a number of years he was a cartoonist for Havana newspapers as well as for magazines such as the New Yorker, Life, and Cine Mundial which was published in New York and widely circulated in Latin America. He worked for a time in Hollywood for Disney. After 1940 he focused on painting and sculpture, and moved to Miami as an exile in 1964.


Donated 1996 by Patricia Riverón Lee, daughter of Riverón.

Language Note

Portions of the papers are in Spanish