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Art & Life with Andres Rivera

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andres Rivera.

Andres, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
In 2010, I purchased a Canon T2I camera, and so my career in visual arts began. I started shooting anything I could while attending film school at YouTube University. I did this for about three years until the hustle paid off. I got my first break to direct a music video for an artist who is part of the rap group A$AP Mob.

In 2013, I graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from FIU. I continued to direct music videos for high-profile artists. Some of these artists include RiFF RAFF, Action Bronson, Nipsey Hussle, Trina, Tory Lanez, Sensato, and 36 Mafia. I also produced for artists such as Rick Ross, Chumlee, DJ Khaled, and a hand full of others.

In 2014, the same friend who inspired me to become a director asked me to collaborate with him and Borscht Corp. The project was a virtual reality film shot in Cuba. “Paisajes De Mi Abuela” was picked up by film festivals and the press. Our film hit the front page of the Miami Herald and labeled “the first virtual reality film” produced.

In 2015, I directed music videos in Las Vegas, New York, Philadelphia, California, and Japan.

In 2016, Univision hired me, where my career went from being a music video director to video journalist. Since then, I’ve created several types of video productions. I’ve produced documentaries for names like Selena Quintanilla, Anuel AA, Karol G, Residente, and Johnny Ramirez. I’ve also created skits for J Balvin, Becky G, Chewbacca, Sebastian Yatra, DJ Kass, Jorge Ramos, John Cena, Rolls Royce, and Chevy.

In 2018, I was nominated for an Emmy for my work on a Jose Fernandez documentary.

In 2019, I’m working on being the best father I could be to my newborn son Skyler Andres.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a creator and destroyer. I find inspiration in both the positive and negative.

My father Andres fled Cuba in the ’50s. Lost three days at sea, a cargo ship picked up him and left him in Ohio. He was a painter and a lifeguard. I get my creativity, determination, and perseverance from him. My mom Ali grew up in Ohio and had a difficult childhood. She was an accountant for the government. I get my rationality and faith from her. My wife Sophia, I’ve known for 10+ years, she is a big part of why I’ve gone so far in my career.

I’ve always been an artist. Throughout middle and high school, before Wynwood became an art district, I was painting graffiti and abstract art on walls. After high school, I started producing beats on Fruity Loops and writing lyrics in the studio. I finally found my calling with visual arts in my early 20’s.

I create videos based on emotion and put my Cuban-Hungarian flavor into it. I leave behind a digital footprint of what I’m experiencing at the moment. I find it as a way to express myself and create content that the public could relate to.

I leave Easter Eggs and subliminal messages in videos for people who digest it. I leave it up for the people to interpret my videos; however, they want.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I honestly feel like social media has become one of the biggest challenges of today. Obviously, it’s a great resource for an artist to market their art and network with potential clients and partners. But on the flip-side, you have the negative effects on mental health, which can really distort your perception of what’s real or not. I find a lot of people on social media, “fake it till they make it,” posting only what they want the world to see. From an artists perspective, this eliminates authenticity and can brainwash our culture to follow those trends. I mean, what I am saying, I am doing this interview so I can boast on social media, aren’t I?

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be viewed on my Instagram @youngwildpanda and on my website, www.youngwildpanda.com.

Peep my 2019 reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbjoWSUdShE

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Image Credit:
Sophia Gutierrez – @sophisessions

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1 Comment

  1. Zulay Vivo

    July 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    What a great story. Andy is a true artist!!

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