José Rivera, Jr. by Wayland Bell

José (@joseishere) creates glam musical paintings using powerhouse vocals, athletic dance, and video art.  Building for stage and screen, José orients towards Queer Future - queering narratives of love, power, and vulnerability.  José has made work for YouTube, Radio City Music Hall, La MaMa ETC., NYU Tisch, The Flea Theater, Fordham University, with features in The Advocate, Logo NewNowNext, and WNYC/NPR.  José has worked most recently with artists Sam Pinkleton, Ani Taj/Dance Cartel, Meredith Monk, The B52s, YouTube’s Queer Kid Stuff, and Natti Vogel to name an awesome few.

José's latest work 'LQQK, The Way I Look,' is a visual EP featuring 4 original songs and choreographies for everyone who has ever been in-between. It’s for my Queerdos, and the bodies that never and will always fit in.   For the time I ordered a Lumee case on Amazon just to throw it out.  For the time Britney taught me how to do e-mails.  For my sisters before me and after me whose bodies are worth protecting.  The work will be released in Winter 2019/20 on YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes Music, and major streaming platforms.  

José was awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.  José received his BFA with Honors in Drama with a minor in Urban Development.