Rivas specialized in costume design in New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. His stay in this cosmopolitan city allowed him to immerse himself in tools that opened doors to prestigious international venues such as Cirque Du Soleil and Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval. In honor to his first decade in show business, the Art Museum has staged his first temporary exhibit, showcasing his career as a show designer.
The quality of his work secured him a spot in the very demanding Cuban cultural scene. He became the first salvadoran designer to work in the famous Tropicana in La Habana. Shows at Tropicana enjoy world-class prestige of over seven decades of productions. His shows feature over two hundred dancers and over thirty scene changes.