Member Since: April 2012
Max Rodriguez is the 2010 recipient of the Curator's Award for his painting Drifting Away at the juried art show "Wide Open" at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. He is also a featured artist at the new PICTURE Cultural Art Center at the Uni... more
|Artist Statement:||Max Rodriguez is the 2010 recipient of the Curator's Award for his painting Drifting Away at the juried art show "Wide Open" at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. He is also a featured artist at the new PICTURE Cultural Art Center at the University of California, Dominguez Hills.
Max's body of work documents the fundamental struggles for human rights which transcends the boundaries of time and cultures in our inner most intimate struggles for freedom.
Using the singular figure as the narrative, Max draws you into a personal moment or turning point in the evolution of the character's development. Whether it's a man looking towards a horizon, a woman in a church, a child's birthday wish, or an imprisoned activist, the viewer is given the opportunity to interact with the character's fate.
Max Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba. He was exiled with his family to New Orleans at the age of seven. His childhood years in these cultures had a profound effect on the way he views his life and his art. He values the nostalgia of storytelling, using strong, vibrant colors, aging surfaces with crackles and patinas to blur the lines between the past, present and future.
His memories of his childhood, both in Havana and New Orleans, and his study of modern day Cuban culture and architecture bring forth imagery that is both empirical and metaphorically charged and creates finely nuanced narratives in perception and memory that withstand the test of time.
He began his study of Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans, later transferring to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art College for Graphic Design. In the early 1990s, Max began his career as a decorative painter by designing and painting murals and faux finishes in homes and businesses. Max moved to Palm Springs, California, in 2008.
|Education:||Academy of Art College, San Francisco
University of New Orleans