"I was captivated by the dance of the brush on the canvas and the smell of oil paints. With each day that passed, I became more absorbed in painting."
Born on 1 July 1973, Julio Cesar Lira Salazar paints under the name Rivero. "I chose to sign my paintings as Rivero in honor of my grandfather," says the artist. "Though I never met him, I read his personal journals and admire him greatly. He is constantly on my mind."