Best of Brooklyn: Park Slope artist Gabriel Rivera marks Cinco de Mayo

Posted: Updated:
Gabriel Rivera's vibrant artwork depicts a range of subjects from skulls and skeletons to roosters. Gabriel Rivera's vibrant artwork depicts a range of subjects from skulls and skeletons to roosters.
PARK SLOPE -

Gabriel Rivera's vibrant artwork depicts a range of subjects from skulls and skeletons to roosters.

He began doing murals in Los Angeles but now displays his artwork on his Park Slope stoop, especially during Mexican holidays like the Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo.

"It's so bright, it's so inviting -- just pulled me right in," one passerby told News 12. "I could not stop. It was great."

Rivera, who was born in Mexico but moved to the United States as a child, calls his Cinco de Mayo display "kind of a satire."

"It's a spectacle of life," he says. "It's the beating of the war drum."

The holiday itself is a commemoration of the Mexican Army's military victory over French forces in the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

Rivera's artwork, he says, aims to highlight Mexico's contributions to the world.

"I'm an activist first, as I tell many people, and an artist second," he says. 

Part of that activism involves repurposing discarded items, reusing old masks and recycling other materials to make his artwork.

  • Brooklyn SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Ocasio-Cortez backs Bernie Sanders at rally in Queens

    Ocasio-Cortez backs Bernie Sanders at rally in Queens

    Saturday, October 19 2019 9:11 PM EDT2019-10-20 01:11:04 GMT
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed support for who she thinks should be the next president of the United States as she attended a Bernie Sanders rally in Queens Saturday.
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed support for who she thinks should be the next president of the United States as she attended a Bernie Sanders rally in Queens Saturday.
  • Brooklyn Birthday Smiles

    Brooklyn Birthday Smiles

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

  • Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."