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Cindy Rivarde is an artist living and working in the Maryland Capital Region. Her work focuses on connections and resonance in response to a sense of place and time both with landscape and figurative subject matter. Early in her career, she worked as a scenic artist in the theater, which helps to inform a sense of drama and tension in her work.


Ms. Rivarde notes that "gesture and movement are important in my paintings to show how nature and human movement align - and often to bring out an anthropomorphic moment." Her works derives from the environment she is living in, changing sense of place as she has moved from Florida, to California, and back to Maryland. Her figurative work more recently captures moments in her intimate family interactions, especially as confined in their home during the pandemic.     

Rivarde has a B.A. in art and dramatic art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.F.A. in painting from Towson University, as well as a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.   She currently works as an economic development professional helping to build community with a strong sense of placemaking and location identity.  She has overseen numerous cultural programming for cities including public art programs, cultural grant programs, musical series, film location services, and operation of cultural assets. 

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