Peter Rive, Aki series

Peter Rive is a Tokyo-based New Zealand artist who draws upon his experiences of East and West to make bold works that incorporate traditional and industrial materials. Rive is interested in the historical notion of the brushstroke as the language of expression and in the time, process, scale and viewing of a painting. His current practice draws from diverse sources of information and media, including traditional and industrial paints, photography and digital imagery on canvas.

Since leaving university with a BFA in painting in 2001, Rive has travelled extensively abroad and has lived between NZ, Asia and Latin America. He has exhibited in New York, Florence, Paris, Osaka, Tokyo and Auckland, and his latest projects have extended to include collaborations with boutique fashion labels and large stage productions.

In 2014 Rive founded Tokyo IAS, an international art school in Shibuya. He currently lives in Tokyo with his wife and two sons.