Ricardo Rodriguez

b. 1979 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Artist Statement

I was raised with the mindset of being trapped between two worlds and cultures: the Puerto Rican and the North American.  As a result of coming from a country that is influenced by two cultures, it is in my nature to question my own perceptions of reality. As part of this investigation, my work elicits some questions and visual answers about my identity—and about photography’s identity as a medium. My work expands a conversation about modes of perception, and I ask the viewer to question the appearance of truth. With my work I intend to raise more questions than answers. Questioning our reality gives us at least the chance to evaluate the validity of what surrounds us. In the end, it is up to each of us to perceive our own realities and come up with our own answers.

Education

2010 Master in Fine Arts
Brooks Institute, Santa Barbara, California
2007 Bachelor in Arts
Mayor in Plastic Arts
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Solo Exhibitions

2013 [Re]framing. Artwalk Ventura. Featured Artist Sponsored by Du Puis, Ventura CA 93001
2012 Artists & Tools. Tool Room Gallery, Ventura, California
2012 TRACES. Vita Art Center, Ventura, California
2010 Trapped Between. Tool Room Gallery, Ventura, California
2010 [Mis]perceptions. Visions Gallery, Ventura, California
2005 Instants of Cuba. Francisco Oller Gallery, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2003 Hakikat. Cultural House of Professor Ruth Hernandez Torres, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2002 Hakikat (collaboration with music event). Art Museum of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2014 Epicenter LAMAG: 100 Miles from the Epicenter. The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)
2014 Ventura College Annual Faculty Exhibition. Gallery 2
2014 Ventura College Art Auction Fund Raiser. New Media Gallery
2013 Dialogue. ADC Gallery at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca
2013 De Colores. Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula, Ca
2013 Question in the Line. Centro Estatal de las Artes Ensenada, Long Beach, Ca
2012 The International Photo Festival. Yan-Bian University Gallery, Yian-Ji, China
2012 VIII Bienal Internacional de Fotografía de Puerto Rico. Museo De Las Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2012 Unusual Objects. Tool Room Gallery, Ventura, California
2012 Recent works by represented artists. Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico
2012 The Framing Vision. Allied Arts in Cambria, Cambria, CA 93428
2012 In Observation. Gallery 27, Santa Barbara, California
2012 Anonimous. Vita Art Center, Ventura, California
2011 Boundaries: Selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection. Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California
2011 HELP EARTH International Photo Festival. Gallery Iang, Seoul, Korea
2011 Juried Show. Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California
2011 One Night Stand. Gallery 27, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 Be a Saint Juried Auction. Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California
2011 EN ROJO “In Red”. Tool Room Gallery, Ventura, California
2011 Anonymous. Vita Art Center, Ventura, California
2011 Group Show. 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA
2011 After-8. Valade Gallery, Adrian College, Michigan
2011 Photography is…Bell Arts Factory, Ventura, California
2010 Colectiva de Navidad. Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico
2010 Anonymous. Vita Art Center, Ventura, California
2010 Be a Saint Juried Auction. Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California
2010 Construction & Reconstruction. Gallery 27, Santa Barbara, California
2010 Prospectus Juried Show. Buenaventura Gallery, Ventura, California
2009 Pensamientos Circulares. Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico
2008 Mini series. Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico
2007 Showcase in Red. Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico
2007 3 Visions. Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico
2007 Graduation Expo. Francisco Oller Gallery, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Awards

2009 IPA – International Photography Awards. Five Honorable Mentions
2009 PIEA. Honorable Mention, Single Image
2008 Guru Award. Photoshop World Expo. Finalist – Artistic category
2007 Photographic Calendar. First Place, front page cover. Cover month of July. Photos on February and August months
2006 Environmental Panoramas. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental. Third place
2006 Photography Contest UPR. Second and Third Place
2003 XIV Photo Marathon in Manatí. Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Award
2002 XIII Photo Marathon of Ponce. Your Mornings Univisión Award
2001 XII Photo Marathon in Vega Baja. Kodak Award. Continued Education Division and Extension UPR Award. Walgreen’s Honorable Mention Award. First Place

Permanent Collections

Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California
Natural Resource Department, San Juan, Puerto Rico
His work is also part of private collections

Art Fairs

2012 Photo LA, Santa Monica Civic Center, 1855 Main St. Santa Monica, CA

 

Publications

2013 Memory, International Photo Festival, The Society of Korean Photography, Lee, Young Hwan, p28 – 29
2012 2012 Accompanying; into the memory, International Photo Festival, The Society of Korean Photography, Lee,
Young Hwan, p18 – 19
2011 HELP EARTH, International Photo Festival, The Society of Korean Photography, Lee, Young Hwan, p1.1.4 -
1.1.5
2007 Muñoz, Dielka. “Fotografía: 3 visiones.” Artes Magazine, July/October 2007, p.126-127
2007 Franco Steeves, Rafael. “En Pos de una Nueva Estética”, El Nuevo Día Newspaper, p.84-85
2007 Caribbean Business Newspaper, “Eye To Eye”, Thursday, October 11, 2007, p.72
El Status, Independent Platform for Contemporary Puerto Rican Art

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