Midnight Raid…I want a cheese stick, oil on canvas 2018, 36″ x 36″

Rifenburg Art: 5 Rokeby Road, Red Hook 12571

845-204-7596 | Stairs |

Kevin Rifenburg studied painting at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Bard College, and received his Masters of Fine Art degree from Lesley University College of Art and Design. He has thirty years of experience working in the Human Services field, assisting children with severe emotional disabilities and trauma. Kevin teaches an expressive arts program at Astor Services for Children & Families. 

Painting remains a potent language for how we share our thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Throughout art’s glorious history, painting has endured its many fluctuations—from representational to nonrepresentational, abstract to photorealism, landscape and figure—remaining a fluid an unpredictable source of imagination. My recent paintings explore my world as father, and examine family and its impact or effect on my daily interactions and responsibilities. In many instances the snapshot photo holds the memory of that experience. These figurative oil paintings are a means of expressing the multiple roles I employ and encounter on a daily basis, as father, mentor, and artist.

We may leave our homes, work office, and even artist studio and make our way around this chaotic world, and yet somehow the things we witness and experience inevitably play a role in shaping our lives. As an artist, those visual snapshots come back to the studio where anything can transpire, happen, and be created. The world, as I see it, cannot change in an instant by art, but it’s purposeful and organic spread into the active part of our brains lives to tell the story.

Note: An image of this painting is in the Summer Issue of Studio Visit Magazine, Issues 41 & 42.