Our mission is to produce public art and collective art experiences with the intention of rethinking the visions that we accept in our culture and reflect the diverse narratives of Puerto Rican communities to contribute to our collective memory.
Our vision is that art be accessible to everyone outside its traditional institutions and that our communities can take advantage of its multiple benefits: cultural, political-historical, and therapeutic.
Colectivo Moriviví is a women-driven artistic collective producing public art and artivism since 2013. Our artistic production consists of muralism, community-led muralism, and protest performance/actions. We believe that through artivism we can promote consciousness of social issues, producing what we call the collective "imaginario" (imaginary/imagery). The collective "imaginario" is the imagery we build in our artwork that resonates with Puerto Rican narratives strengthening our collective memory. Our intention is to make community and that our history is not denied, that's why we use public art to achieve it.
All of the founders first studied at Central High School of Visual Arts, located in Santurce, PR. Based in Puerto Rico, we’ve gained recognition for the creation of murals, where we’ve developed the subject of the human condition directed to sensibilize spectators.
The group was formed during the Santurce es Ley 4 Festival in Puerto Rico and then kept participating in local Urban Art Festivals. As our work became more popular, organizations and community leadership started to reach out to us.
We began as eight high schoolers who wanted to paint a mural together. However, in eight years of hard work, we’ve faced many challenges. Now we are in a period of transition. During this following year, we aim to restructure the collective internally. Our goal is to open new opportunities for collaborators and back up our decision-making process with a new evaluation system. In the long run, we aspire to become an alternative school of art practice for those interested in immersing themselves in community art production.
After all the years of effort, we have murals and community projects carried out in different towns of Puerto Rico. Our activism and artivism have [painted/touched] towns such as San Juan, Caguas, Loíza, Humacao, Adjuntas, Vega Alta, Las Piedras, and Culebra. We've given conferences in New York City and Buffalo, NY. We've been class speakers for universities, such as Tulane University in New Orleans, Grinnell College in Iowa, Trinity College in Connecticut, and UMass in Massachusetts.
We've eagerly worked with the Puerto Rican diaspora in the US through community projects in New York City with El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, in Holyoke, MA with Nueva Esperanza and the Holyoke Public Library, and with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago, IL.
In 2017, we had the opportunity to go to China. We represented Puerto Rico in a mural project called The Miracle Project with the production of two murals centered on the subject of the colony. In 2019, we were finalists in the Sheffield Mural Festival in Tasmania, Australia, and official muralists for Fresh Paint Springfield in Springfield, MA.
In 2018, we were awarded a grant from the Art Matters Foundation. In addition, that same year we became a FRIDA Young Feminists Fund co-part and grantees, and continue to be so to this day. In 2021, we became Maniobra grantees, a Program by CEC (Center for Creative Economy) funded by the Mellon Foundation. In 2023 we were awarded a two-year multi-year grant and we are officially co-partners of the Maria Fund of Puerto Rico organization. These initiatives have helped to support and continue our work as young women artists and community organizers.