VISUAL ARTIST (Dominican Republic - New York)

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1965, Taveras studied Fine Arts, sculpture in particular, at the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo.  He has also participated in Non-toxic Printmaking workshops in New York, such as Silk Aquatint and Solarplate with its creator Dan Welden. He was a disciple of Master Omar Rayo, who was very important in the beginning of his career.

He has taught at the Altos de Chavon School of Design, (Parsons the New School for Design affiliate in the Dominican Republic), where he has also been an Artist-In-Residence several times. He has taught at the Universidad Iberoamericana, at UNIBE and Universidad Pedro Henríquez Ureña, both in Santo Domingo, and has had 12 solo national and international exhibitions.

Taveras represented the Dominican Republic at the Venice Biennale 2019, he has participated in more than 100 contests and group exhibitions in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Peru, Japan, Bulgaria, Spain, Cuba, Ljubljana (Slovenia), Norway, Brazil, Belgium, Luxembourg and United States, among others.

He is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Hunter College Ceramics Department and also Curator of Julio Valdez Project Space, both in New York City.