Tino Rodríguez

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Tino Rodriguez is a Mexican-American artist and painter. Rodriguez spent his early-life in Mexico until the age of 12 when he moved to California. [1]


Rink Rodrigues
Born1969 (age 54-55, as of January 2024)
Occupation(s)Artist, Painter

In pursuit of his artistic education, Rodriguez enrolled at the University of Sorbonne, before immersing himself in the art scene of San Francisco and studying at the San Francisco Art Institute, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Rodriguez continued his academic journey at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, earning a Master of Fine Arts. Today, Rodriguez stands as a testament to the transcontinental and multifaceted nature of his artistic journey; rooted in the cultural tapestry of Mexico yet reaching far beyond its borders. [2] [3]

Style and Art

Rodriguez is a prolific artist, straddling the realms of post-war and contemporary art. His creative output draws from the rich tapestry of his Mexican heritage and his formative years steeped in the traditions of the Catholic Church particularly angels are what caught his attention. Rodriguez's artistic vision can be described as a complex mosaic woven from various threads including the enigmatic allure of shamanic rituals, the enchanting narratives of Mayan and Aztec folklore and the intricate world of arts and crafts. These diverse influences converge within his artistic canvas, creating a vibrant tapestry of ideas and motifs. Rodriguez skillfully blurs the boundaries between reality and a dream world in his often eccentric works of art. Rodriguez creates art that mixes real life with dreamy and sometimes intense or sensual elements.

His completed works, characterized by their depth and are profoundly personal and imbued with layers of self reference. As observed by Charlene Villasenor Black, Rodriguez's art boldy appropriates "iconography traditionally associated with femininity," repurposing it to stake a claim on "feminine behaviors and feelings" both for himself and as a collective declaration for others who resonate with his vision. In essence, Rodriguez's art becomes a bridge between cultures a challenge to societal conventions, and an assertion of the fluidity of identity, all within the intricate and realm of his creative expressions. [4]

Exhibitions and Artwork

Tino Rodriguez's inaugural confirmed exhibition took place at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco CA, in 1999, as part of "Bay Area Now 2." His most recent exhibition was in 2018 at the San Jose Museum of Art, titled 'Rise Up! Social Justice in Art from the Collection of J Michael Bewley.' While predominantly exhibited in the United States, Tino Rodriguez has also exhibited in Germany. Over the past 19 years, Rodriguez has participated in a minimum of four solo exhibitions and twelve group exhibitions.

His exhibition "Tino Rodriguez - The Darkening Garden/ El Jardin al Anochecer" was held at the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, CA, and the American University Museum in Washington, DC. Tino Rodriguez has shared exhibition spaces with artists such as Virgo Paraiso and Enrique Chagoya. Rodriguez also crafted the costumes, masks, and set design in the music video "Epilepsy is Dancing" by the avant-garde musical ensemble Anthony and the Johnsons. Rodriguez's artwork also featured in the Netflix series Sense8. [5] [6] [2]

According to the Crocker Art Museum, "In Aztec mythology, Xochipilli is the prince of flowers and the god of beauty, song, and dance. The artist includes a self portrait in the guise of this ecstatic deity, but he also appears as a dual creature, at once male and female, a presentation in which Rodriguez offers homage to the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The swan, humming birds, butterflies, Egyptian sphinx, and infant Buddha recapitulate the artist’s theme of transformation in exquisite vignettes throughout the composition. The otherworldly garden that these small icons inhabit is intended as sanctuary for the soul. Rodriguez introduces us to a world rich in pleasure that not only touches our senses but alters our perceptions." [7]

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