Enrico Riley’s (b. 1973, Westbury, CT) paintings investigate violence and hope in historical and contemporary cultural traditions in African American culture. The artist uses formal techniques to expose the limitations of linear narratives, including fractured bodies, hidden figures, ambiguous environments, and cropped frames. Enrico Riley’s new body of work expands on the rich and complex traditions of African American music, especially jazz. Influenced by his jazz musician grandfather and the jazz records of his father, Riley is interested in jazz as a symbol for creativity, inventiveness, and celebration. He thinks of his musicians in relation to the landscape, as having agency to shape an environment by playing in nature, in casual and formal clothing, having business to take care of, and things to do.