Fine Art Focus: Tomás Rivas



Tomás Rivas is talented artist based in Santiago, Chile. After studying sculpture and architecture, he created his own studio practice where he uses drywall to create incredibly detailed artwork that plays with the relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces.






As a major art history buff, I love seeing how Tomás uses carved drywall to recreate architectural detailing reminiscent of Greek columns, borders and molding. The meeting of ancient design techniques and modern ideas makes for pieces that feel both contemporary and traditional at the same time. I really enjoy the way Tomás works with negative space and color to create his installations. These are pieces that are definitely going on my list of “must see in person” installations one day. Read on to learn more about Tomás’ work below. xo, grace


Artist: Tomás Rivas


About: Tomás was born in 1975 in Santiago, Chile. He received his BFA and MFA from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. After working in Milan as a printmaking apprentice, he received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught classes.


Work: Tomás creates detailed artwork and installations that examine the relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. He has become celebrated for his large-scale carved drywall works.


More: You can read more about Tomás’ work here, here, here, and here.


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