Rival was born in Toronto, Canada and earned his BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2021. He is also a recipient of the Dumfries House Residency. Owen Rival recognizes the magnificence of the mundane. His work bestows life’s monotonous routines with the weight of a historic event, forcing the viewer to appreciate the beauty of everyday life in all its glory. He describes his art as dramatized versions of current events and everyday life. He loves to use light to try to tell a story about a particular subject that he thinks other people can relate to.