Comic art by Enrique Riveron

Enrique Riverón was a Cuban cartoonist, who spent most of his life in the United States. Born in the small provincial city Cienfuegos, he went to study art in Havana. At age 18 he was drawing cartoons and caricatures for several of the city's major magazines and newspapers. He was a founding member of the cartoonist group Salon de Humoristas, and by 1924, he headed for Europe to further pursue his art studies.

He spent some time in the artistic Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris and headed for New York in 1927. There, he published cartoons in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. He settled in the US forgood after marrying an American girl from Wichita called Noella in 1933. He became a well-known figure in the Wichita art scene, and continued to make cartoons for publications from both New York and Havana. He also worked for the Walt Disney Studios in on 'Snow White' and some 'Mickey Mouse' shorts in 1938. While in Hollywood, he interviewed the stars, made their caricatures, and wrote short articles for the Spanish language movie magazine Cine Mundial published in New York.

His family settled in Riverside in 1944, and resided there for twenty years. Riverón continued to publish and exhibit in New York, and also did commercial art at Beechcraft and at the Wichita Beacon. He exhibited his fine art in Wichita, New York, Cuba and Mexico, and continued to send cartoons to Cine Mundial and Cuban magazines until the mid 1950s. He opened a gallery of contemporary art in Miami in 1960. He founded another art group in the 1980s, called Grupo de Artistas Latin Americanas and remained active until well into his 90s.

Laatste update: 2013-08-23

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