Artist Statement

These new paintings, beginning with The Structure Series, were inspired by the urban environment that surrounds me. These paintings are a platform for the creative states that I experience as an artist and a human being. The Ribbon Series and The Stripe Series, offshoots of The Structure Series, investigate congregated and communal geometric forms. Through the use of pattern and repetition I am able to formulate a cohesive and opposing balance which perpetuates movement and tension on the playing field. The most recent works portray some of the emotional turmoil and isolation experienced during the pandemic.

The Structure Series has become a metaphor for our conflicting times. Social, political, personal, and economic upheaval is always experienced, processed, and then restructured. These paintings examine the constructs of intellect and emotion through the repetitive use of the square, how it is presented and organized, and how color characterizes the psychology of the works. I play with the sounds and structural cacophony that inhabits the works in order to feel their strong presence and voice.

The honed images from my visual vocabulary are made using only straight edges and palette knives. The paintings have become symbiotic with the political landscape and social upheaval we all are living through.


Iris Kufert-Rivo is a geometric painter with a studio at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ. She received her Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts from Bard College. The Structure Series explores pattern and repetition of forms inspired by the urban community in which she lives. The painting process is paramount to her creative experience. Made without the use of a brush, Iris uses palette knives and straight edges to propel the pieces forward.  These works relate closely to the artists’ observance of the world she lives in and the climate of the culture around us.

Iris Kufert-Rivo has been a painter for over 35 years. Her works have been exhibited at The Painting Center (NYC), Hidell Brooks Gallery (Charlotte, NC), George Billis Gallery LA (Los Angeles, CA), Dune (NYC), One West End Gallery (NYC), Village One Gallery (NYC), Red Dot Fair at Art Basel (Miami, FL), San Francisco Art Fair, Newell Gallery (NYC), The Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ). She is represented by Waterhouse & Dodd NYC/London and George Billis Gallery LA. Iris Kufert-Rivo resides in Jersey City with her family.



MFA Painting, Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

BS Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY


2019 Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC: Intro Show

2019 George Billis Gallery LA, Los Angeles, CA

2019 Dune-NY, New York, NY: Structure Series

2015 George Billis Gallery LA, Los Angeles, CA: Can Travel


2010 Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ: Gnome Banner Project

2009 Brunswick Window, Jersey City, NJ: Fawn Meets Fauna

2007 Jersey City Museum at The Majestic, Jersey City, NJ: Subtext: On Cultural Iconography

2005 Wedgeworks Gallery, Hoboken, NJ

2004 Windows on Columbus, Jersey City , NJ: Mack-Cali Presents

2002 Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, Inc., New Brunswick, NJ: Near Eastern



2021 Waterhouse & Dodd, NYC: Flowing Forms (online only)

2021 Village One Space, NYC: Exquisite Planes

2021 Mayor's Office, City Hall, Jersey City, NJ

2021 Mason Exhibition Space, Hoboken, NJ: Many Hands: One Voice

2020 Galeri Soho, Vasteras, Sweden: International Online Exhibition

2020 Ghost Harbor Creative, Asbury Park, NJ

2020 One Westend Gallery, New York, NY

2020 Painting Center, New York, NY: New Optics

2019 Red Dot Art Fair Miami, George Billis Gallery LA, Miami, FL

2019 Art Market SF, George Billis Gallery LA, San Francisco, CA

2019 Decentralized, Mana Contemporary Jersey City, NJ

2018 DT234 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ: Women's Group Show

2018 Flux Gallery, NYC: The New Non

2018 Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ: Somewhere Over the Interconnected Rainbow

2017 Newel Gallery, New York, NY

2017 KH Art Projects Exhibition, 12 East 88th Street Gallery, New York, NY

2016 Dineen-Hull Gallery, Hudson Community College, Jersey City, NJ

2015 ESKFF 2015 Annual Auction/AxA Fundraiser, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2015 Red Dot Art Fair Miami , George Billis Gallery LA, Miami FL

2014 Red Dot Art Fair Miami , George Billis Gallery LA, Miami FL

2014 Seton Hall Law School Art Gallery, Newark, NJ: Now You See Me

2014 Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ: Love U More Than Fireworks

2014 Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ: Automatic/Systematic

2014 B. Beamsderfer Gallery, Highland Park, NJ: Metro 30

2014 CWOW, Newark, NJ: Metro 30- Celebrating 30 Years of Art on the Move

2013 Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ: The Originals

2012 Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, NJ: Evolution: 20@10

2008 545 Washington, Jersey City, NJ: Lifecycle

2008 Victory Arts Projects at 77 Hudson, Jersey City, NJ: Au Natural

2007 The Ben Shahn Center Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ: Fire and Ash

2005 Mana Fine Arts, Jersey City, NJ: The Chair Show

2003 Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ: New Jersey Fine Arts Annual

2003 Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ: Curator’s Choice Exhibition


125 First Street Gallery, Jersey City, NJ: “Cloud Nine”

Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Art Center, New York, NY: “Tangents: Connecting the Classroom to the Studio”

The Gallery at 180 Maiden Lane, New York, NY: “Our Backyard: Young Artists Exploring New York City”


The Painting Center, New York, NY: “New Optics”

Flux Gallery, NYC: "The New Non"

Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, NJ: “Evolution: 2010”

545 Washington, Jersey City, NJ: “Lifecycle”

Victory Arts Projects at 77 Hudson, Jersey City, NJ: “Au Natural”

The Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, NJ: “Menagerie”

The Ben Shahn Center Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ: “Fire and Ash”

Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ : “Reverence for All Living Creatures”

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ: “Curator’s Choice Exhibition“


Universal Music, NYC, NY; Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program, New Brunswick, NJ; Iron Monkey Restaurant, JerseyCity, NJ; Boxtree Construction, Inc., New York, NY;;; and other private collections