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. In recent years, the increased visibility of violent acts against African Americans has blurred the boundaries between the historical record with which our country is so familiar and the problems still facing contemporary culture today. From this epicenter of misfortune, violence, and now hope, Riley uses painting as a method for remembering and reflecting upon grief, but also as a means to investigate the linkages between the old world and new. He endeavors not just to recycle old stories but also to seek paths for forging new narratives. In his paintings, we are given positive means to break that cycle of injustice and the hope it can be accomplished.