Kikito Rodríguez

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    Statement 

 

The artworks that I have been accumulating arise from observing how clouds alter their shapes with the wishes of the wind, forming endless chains of unrepeatable images, although beyond abstract images, clouds also interest me as a source of analogy between their moods and their literary interpretations, which leads me to make artworks of art with a metaphorical and even satirical theme. The magic of their metamorphoses becomes for me an obsession with the observation of light, darkness, movement and everything that is transmuted, being an important reference for my compositions; it is the landscape, the keynote, the level of the scale, to interpret ambiguous symbols, androgynous figures, an image that observe us giving the sensation that they come from a remote order. This challenges me as an artist to try to achieve the beyond, as an act of creation with my own terms and internal emotions.

 

 I like to build, narrow and prepare my own canvas, it is my first encounter with wood, canvas and the creative process. Acrylic is my main medium, although sometimes I use mixed media, for example, ink, oil, charcoal, oil pastels, pencils, airbrush and other materials, I start attacking the blank canvas in a spontaneous way with nervous gestures, volatile brush strokes , expansive stains and the liquidity of the medium, putting into action the resources of automatism, imaginative thought and irrational expressionism to speak with sublime eloquence of creative freedom, cosmic infinity, the celebration of the moment. Each step builds on the previous step, leaving room for chance, giving importance to the resources of intuition, accident, the vitality of the expressive aspect, while assimilating the way of accentuating the vaporous chromatic fields, alternating and merging blue, red, green, yellow, gray, black, white and violet ranges. Using the cold and warm colors with their respective complements to create contrasts, accentuating the expressive intensity and the feeling of restlessness that emanate from the surface.

 

 With this language I hope that the viewer meets the freedom to imagine or dream in an environment where suns, moons, earth, water and other phenomena condense and dance in inhospitable landscapes, spaces, issues and facets that enrich the poetic part of my works, which is the result of my imagination when contemplating the spectacles of nature, that those friends of the sky offer, covering the sun, to overflow with beauty at the same time and create images brimming with freedom moving lightly in the heights as if they were SPECTRUMS IN THE AIR, calling for the urgency of a moment of reflection on the quality of life on the planet.

Biographic

Kikito Rodríguez, is a Dominican multidisciplinary artist based in New York, for more than three decades, born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (1963). Rodríguez studied drawing in Modern School, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1978, and from 1985 to 1988, participated in workshops of drawings, paintings, engraving, stained glass, graphic design and photography. The school in which these workshops were based is The School of Design Altos de Chavón. He graduated in Fine Arts and Illustration at The School of Design Altos de Chavón, La Romana, Dominican Republic, Affiliated to Parsons-The New School in New York, (1988). He later moved to the United States where he kept working between New York and California, Rodriguez, began to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to his creative practice, combining different techniques, working with wood, photography, silkscreen printing, recycling and digital media. After two years he in Florida where he continued to enrich his artistic language and later returned to New York, where he began to create pictorial works in mixed media. Rodríguez used canvas to create an unusual flow of images, atmospheres, allusions and metamorphic chromatic spaces that provoke surprises, restlessness and perplexity all at the same time. This  lead us to perceive a vertiginous imaginary torrent that impacts an extraordinary evocative capacity.

 

In this process Rodriguez, refer us to rebellion, the energetic, symbolic, spiritual, ideological, utopian and unspeakable beauty of tempering. It is a painting released from the background-shape dichotomy, where the artist proceeds by preventing objectivity and technique from dominating the creative act; repudiating all attempts at representation and eluding the logical reflections that can enforce the purity of the work.

 

His works have been exhibited successfully in important galleries, museums, cultural centers and contemporary art fairs in the United States, Argentina and Dominican Republic. Rodríguez’s art has been published in a journal, newspapers and magazine.

 

Exhibition

2019 Dispersión. Centro de la Cultura de Santiago.

Santiago, Dominican Republic.

2018 Espejos en el aire. Centro mirador.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2017 Muticulturalims. Riverview Gallery.

Yonkers, NY. United States of America.

2010 Tamburini - Kikito - Cataldi.

Main Gallery Altos de Chavon.

La Romana. Dominican Republic.

2009 Meeting. Main Gallery.

Altos de Chavón, La Romana. Dominican Republic.

2005 Off the Main Art Fair. Puck Building.

New York, NY. United States of America.

2005 Deep Blue. Diaspora Art Gallery.

Miami Florida. United States of America.

2005 Deep Blue. The Klein Gallery.

St. Petersburg, Florida. United States of America.

2005 Off the Main Art Fair. Puck Building.

New York, NY. United States of America.

2003 Meeting. Main Gallery.

Altos de Chavón, La Romana. Dominican Republic.

1998 Color in sand. Recoleta Cultural Center.

Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1997 Paintings and Sculptures. Main Gallery.

Altos de Chavón, La Romana. Dominican Republic.

1996 Art is the Heights. Melstein Hall Presbyterian.

New York, NY. United States of America.

1996 Contemporary Vision. Abney Gallery.

New York, NY. United States of America.

1994 Cultural Vision. Melstein Hall Presbyterian.

New York, NY. United States of America.

1993 Empowerment. The Paterson Museum.

Paterson, New Jersey. United States of America.

1993 The Eights. Yeshiva University.

New York, NY. United States of America.