I envision scenes as a blend of the real, surreal, and virtual overlaid with an inner commentary and bound up by contemporary social conventions. In every sense, the figures are trapped in an image. They are confined to the scene in appearance, thought, behavior. My work attempts to expose the restraints, repetitions, acquiescence to social norms, acceptance of convention, and dissolution of original expression.

Although my paintings, actors, and sets are painted by hand, they are intimately informed by a digital aesthetic and often attempt to hide evidence of the painter’s touch. This juxtaposition, or tension between the hand imitating the digital through familiar settings, strikes a chord within the viewer that persuades them to reexamine how they fit into their own realities.



Rives Wiley (b. 1990) is an artist working in Washington DC. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is represented by the Hamiltonian Gallery. Wiley's work has been featured in many publications such as The Washington Post, Vice: The Creator's Project, The Huffington Post, Washington City Paper, Dirt DMV, ARte Fuse, and Bmore Art. Her recent solo exhibitions include “DIY Laser Eye Surgery”, “How to be Photosynthetic” (Hamiltonian Gallery), and “Dinner Party Download”( Hillyer Art Space.) Wiley has exhibited in art fairs such as Satellite Art Show during Miami Art Basel Week and SPRING/BREAK Art Fair during New York City’s Armory Arts Week. Wiley is a 2016 Hamiltonian Fellow, a recipient of a 2017 DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities Grant, and has been a Trawick Semi- Finalist. Along with her personal work, she creates murals/ painting commissions for breweries and restaurants.  


Email: riveswiley09@gmail.com

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