Omar Rodríguez - Artiste
Born in San Juan, Texas in 1958, Rodríguez, a corporate and military nomad has lived and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Mexico, and Latin America. His mom, Alicia, is a Pentecostal minister, and, dad, Carlos, a decorated career Air Force veteran.
Rodríguez returned to his South Texas roots in 1989. Rodríguez has no formal art training. He has been painting since 2001. Rodríguez works are reflections of his journey on earth, mortality, peace, spiritual beliefs, joys and sorrows. His heart and soul are exposed for all to see. Rodríguez’s technique is the frenetic random use of color while scraping his paint onto canvas with forks, knives, branches, digits, rocks and many other objects to create his images. He is constantly searching for what is beyond the superficial and approaches every piece as if it were his last. Beyond that, eloquent artist’s statements and esoteric explanations are not necessary.
Rodríguez is collected internationally, with his works in private, corporate, and academic collections. Rodríguez work was featured in Naomi Shihab Nye’s Is This Forever or What? showcasing selected Texas artists and poets. His portraiture work was shown in the 2006 Ford and Smithsonian exhibition of Retratos: 2000 Years of Latin American Portrait at the San Antonio Museum of Art where Rodríguez work was also featured the work of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Fernando Botero, and Francisco Toledo. Ten of Rodríguez large scale abstracts are part of the University of Texas System permanent collection.
During the day, Rodríguez, a former senior executive at a Fortune 500 company, provides health care consultative services to businesses. In the desperation of the night, he paints. Rodríguez is married to legendary fashion designer Verónica Prida and father to sons, Jacob and Octavio(+). He and Verónica split their time between San Antonio, Texas and Huatulco, Oaxaca.
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