Riva Sweetrocket was born in Oregon and has been drawing, painting and creating since
she could walk. Her father was an architect and her mother a poet and short fiction writer,
having published 12 books to date. Sweetrocket grew up surrounded by literary and
artistic talent and success. She received a degree in psychology from the University of
Colorado at Boulder but abandoned the field to pursue a career as a professional artist.
Although she has had extensive art course work, Sweetrocket is essentially self-taught.
Her solo show, Handle With Care was chosen as one of Denver's Top Ten Art Shows of
the year by The Denver Post. Sweetrocket’s primary medium is pastel on paper and her
huge iconic images have the feel of oil paintings. She currently lives and works in New
York City, where she is pursuing her next big endeavor.

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions:
2010 Denver Botanic Gardens, Extra Ordinary, Denver, CO
2009 Buell Theater in the Denver Performing Arts Complex,
Heaven and Earth, Denver, CO
2008 Plus Gallery,
Handle With Care, Denver, CO
2007 Canyon Gallery,
Bravery of Being, Boulder, CO
2006 Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities,
Testify, Denver, CO
2004 Zing Gallery,
Food Objects, 21st Century, Boulder, CO
2003 Andrew J. Macky Gallery,
Delicate, Dangerous, Boulder, CO
2002 National Center for Atmospheric Research,
Riva Sweetrocket, New Works, Boulder, CO

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011 Manifest Art Gallery, 11-11-11, Niwot, CO
2010 Friedlander Studio,
Art that Ignites, Boulder, CO
2010 Plus Gallery,
Excellencies, Denver, CO
2010 Ice Cube Gallery,
The Icebreaker Show, juried exhibition, Denver, CO
2009 Denver International Airport,
The Art of Women, invitational, Denver, CO
2009 Foothills Art Center,
Colorado Art Open, juried exhibition, Golden, CO
2009 Stories on Stage/Art Student's League of Denver,
Everybody Loves a Train Wreck, Denver, CO
2008 Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art,
Rocky Mountain Biennial, Fort Collins, CO
2008 Access Gallery,
Remembrance: Visual Expressions of Loss and Love, Denver, CO
2007 New Mexico State University,
Art 5 ~ Warhol Regional Invitational Exhibition, Las Cruces, NM
2007 Capsule Gallery,
Heaven on Earth, Denver, CO
2007 Plus Gallery,
Surprise!, Denver, CO
2007 Foothills Art Center,
REALationships: Works of Surreal Inspiration, invitational, Golden, CO
2007 Weilworks,
Colleagues, invitational, Denver, CO
2006 Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities,
The Dog & Pony Show, invitational, Denver, CO
2006 Weilworks,
The Making of Dust, invitational, Denver, CO
2005 Studio Aiello,
Come Together, Denver, CO
2004 ZINO Contemporary,
Grand Opening Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
2004 Studio Aiello,
Group Show 2, juried biennial, Denver, CO
2003 Gallery Sovereign,
December Art Exhibit, Boulder, CO
2003 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art,
Avant Garden, invitational, Boulder, CO
2003 University Memorial Center Gallery,
Conflict. Resolution., juried group show, Boulder, CO
2003 R. L. Foster Gallery,
Art for Designers, juried group show, Denver, CO
2002 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art,
30th Anniversary Art Auction, invitational, Boulder, CO
2002 Children’s Hospital, Stock Show, invitational, Denver, CO
2000 Flux Gallery,
Reply Hazy, Try Again–20 Artists Respond to the Magic 8-Ball, Denver, CO

Awards:
The Denver Post's Top of the Arts 2008, Top Ten Art Shows of the Year, Handle With Care
Heaven on Earth People's Choice Award, Best in Show, Comfort Food, 2007
Westword: Best of Denver 2006, Best Drawing Show,
Testify, Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
The Pastel Journal’s
Pastel 100 Competition, 4th Place, Secret World, 2004

Collections:
City of Aurora
First Western Trust Bank
Denver Children's Hospital
State of Colorado Probation Department
Flashpoint Academy/Howard Tullman, Chicago, IL
Delta Dental
WhiteWave Foods
Numerous private collections

Publications, Articles and Reviews:
Nexus Colorado's Holistic Journal, cover art, September/October, 2012
Longmont Times Call, Neighboring Galleries Open in Niwot, November, 2011
The Huffington Post, Riva Sweetrocket Rocks the Botanic Gardens, December, 2010
Southwest Art, Artist to watch–the editors' choice for up-and-coming talent, September, 2009
Syntax Online, Riva Sweetrocket Is a Painter, Januray, 2009
Nexus Colorado's Holistic Journal, cover art, January/February, 2009
Nexus Colorado's Holistic Journal, cover art, May/June, 2008
The Denver Post, Riva Sweetrocket's Deft Touch Blends Magic and Realism, March, 2008
Nexus Colorado's Holistic Journal, cover art, September/October, 2007
5280 Magazine, Artist to Watch, October, 2007
Rocky Mountain News, Spotlight, Pastels with a Purpose, February 2007
Square One magazine, cover art and various paintings published, spring 2006
Westword, Art Beat, Testify review, February 2006
Penguin’s Book of Women’s Poetry, Iranian translation, Cover art: Return to the Eternal, 2004
The Arts Paper, “Delicate and Dangerous: The Visual Play of Riva Sweetrocket”, October 2003
Iran News, “The Joy and Anxiety of Artistic Creation: Interview with Riva Sweetrocket”, June 2003
Colorado Daily, “Majesty Challenged”, August 2002

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