Miguel Rodez

Visual Artist

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Artist Statement re Portrait Series

Influencing future generations: When I arrived in the United States as a teenager, a cultural revolution was taking place in the country. While young men burned their military draft cards to protest the war in Vietnam, women burned their bras to protest against gender-based discrimination. Youths my age chose idols to look up to. Practically all of them chose famous musicians, sports figures, or controversial politicos. However, my interests lay the visual arts. Therefore, I idolized 20th Century artists. I owe my knowledge of painting to my visual analysis of their work. Therefore, when deciding on painting subject matter for my portrait series, I felt compelled to pay tribute to those whose legacy taught and inspired me. This indebtedness to their legacy is what motivates my current series of 20th Century masters, often blending certain aspects of their work with my own style. (I also paint portraits of other people, but influential 20th Century artists is the key to my artist portrait series).  For example, in my portrait of Salvador Dali, I chose to allude to hiss persistent preoccupation with his own mortality by creating an idealized paradise that he would find appealing, as it is drawn from themes Dali utilized in some of his most famous paintings.

Artist Statement re Flower Series

 

 

It is in my nature to seduce a viewer's gaze through color, line and form, which is exactly what flowers do to lure other species to carry their pollen to its intended destination.  Once enthralled through visual stimuli, the viewer’s  eyes are invited to linger and the mind is welcomed to wonder about of the possibilities that my work engenders.   It alludes to the irony that exists in a society that exalts freedom of expression while repressing sensuality, which society deems naughty and something to be hidden.  The pieces are not meant to be vulgar.  Instead, I blend nature and human sensuality in a subtle orchestration, hoping that, through this botanical marriage, the viewer may consider the irony of society’s expectations regarding gender roles, heterosexuality, bisexuality homosexuality, etc. The pieces are are created in a way that appeal to the senses with much attention paid to composition and richness of color.  The result are pieces that are just as comfortable making an insightful visual statement at the main hall of a museum as they are serving as an heirloom in the living room of a family with children. My paintings, Bumper Crop and Kissing Magnolia are representative paintings of my botanical series.

Although I utilize various media (drawing, installation, painting, photography and sculpture) when creating artwork, my best known work consists of figurative paintings where I employ a texturing technique where the results resemble oversized brush strokes.  Others notice my inclination to utilize the tondo (round) format.  One series that I am working on consists of portraits honoring Twentieth Century masters; another series consists of provocative sensual flowers, and yet another relates to an idealized quest for personal freedom.  

Artwork description

I was born in Cuba in 1956, at Casablanca, which is a small neighborhood consisting of a mix of Spanish colonial and victorian architecture and where a prominent Spanish fortress with an iconic lighthouse is perched upon a hill that overlooks Havana Harbor. In November 1969, I immigrated to the US with my family and settled in New York City at the Borough of Manhattan. After living there for about 3 years, we moved to Union City for a few months, and then, we relocated to Miami In 1973. Except for my studies at Indiana University and multiple trips lasting a few months at a time to various countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle-East, I have resided in Miami ever since.

 

I consider myself to be an autodidactic artist, as my artistic education consisted of studying the work of great masters until I was about 16 years old.  I then applied to three top art magnet schools in New York City.  After being accepted by all three of them, I chose to attend the High School of Art and Design in New York City’s Upper East Side. Unfortunately, I was able to attend that school for only part of one semester.  A few years later, I did take one course in figure drawing, but by this time, I was already proficient in the subject. That training took place at the University of Miami, at Coral Gables, Florida, where I majored in History (including Art History) and minored in both English and Philosophy.  The foregoing studies helped to inform my artwork, which has been exhibited at various galleries, international art fairs, museums, and other cultural institutions. This includes, among other venues,the Coral Gables Museum; the Frost Museum’s Sculpture Garden; The Palace of Fine Arts, Dominican Republic; Florida International University’s Green Library; and,the Milander Center for the Arts. 

Being a community-minded individual, I have been quite involved in the arts in various ways.  For a period of six years in the decade of the 1990s, I served as a Member of the Board and later as Chair Person of Miami’s 12-member Art in Public Places Trust (a quasi-governmental entity that commissions artists to create public art for Miami-Dade County with a multi-million-dollar budget). I have written multiple articles regarding art, culture, and other issues for the cultural magazine Herencia (Heritage); for the Cuban American Bar Association’s CABA Briefs Magazine.  I served on the editorial board of the Dade County Bar Association’s DCBA Bulletin newspaper.  I have also curated about 30 art exhibits at various cultural institutions.

Miguel Rodez Brief Biography 

Miguel Rodez, Curriculum Vitae

 

I learned to paint by studiously observing the work of master painters; by dutiful practice; and, by conducting self-directed research.  By the time I was 16 years old, I applied to three of the top American art magnet schools located in New York City and was accepted to all three of them.  I chose to attend the High School of Art and Design at the New York's Upper Eastside, a brief walk from the Museum of Modern Art, but for personal reasons, I was only able to take only introductory courses at said school for only part of one semester. Thus, I received only a basic introduction to the artistic process which was something that I had already accomplished, Not being able to complete what I had started left me quite distraught, as my dreams of pursuing a formal Fine Arts education were dashed in an instant.  I did take a course in Figure Drawing at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida, a few years later, but that too was an introductory course. However, I did earn a Bachelor of Arts in History from said university, which Degree included taking courses in Art History, which were quite edifying.  In light of the experiences that I underwent, I consider myself an autodidactic artist. My determination to never stop learning and to always give the best of myself is the reason that I have managed to succeed by achieving what I have set out to accomplish.

Artistic Development

 

07/21/2017  

20th Century Masters: Basquiat, Chagall, Dali, Kahlo, & Picasso

Compositum Musicae Novae

Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

 

03/04/2015  

Purim Mask Exhibit: Exhibited a mixed media sculpture, Medusa              

Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 

 

02/03/2012

Art in the Breezeway, Coral Gables Museum Plaza

Exhibited: sculpture Lucky Link

Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

01/06/2012  

Art in the Breezeway, Coral Gables Museum Plaza

Exhibited: Velocity sculpture, drawings, paintings, and photography

Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

 

08/31/2010  

International Art Fair [FIART] Exhibited giant sculpture “Lucky Link”

Dominican Republic’s Palace of Fine Arts      

Avenida Maximo Gomez, Santo Domingo 10204, Dominican Republic

Museum Exhibits

 

03/09/2019  

Painting Provocateurs, Exhibited 8 large format (78" x 78") portraits 

Sardiñas Gallery,

St. Thomas University

16400 NW 32nd Ave, Miami, FL 33054

07/21/2017  

20th Century Masters: Basquiat, Chagall, Dali, Kahlo, & Picasso

Compositum Musicae Novae

Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

 

07/28/2016   

Large format portraits and sensual flower paintings

Florida International University, Steven & Dorothea Green Library

11263 SW 8 Street, Miami FL 33199

 

05/16/2015  

Visual Poetry Project: Exhibited monotypes.

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

03/21/2015  

Spring forward: Exhibited Sensual Flower paintings.

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

09/20/2014  

Power Portraits: Exhibited large format paintings: 

The Painter; Joaquin; Avraham, and Alexis

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

05/17/2014  

Unveiling Joaquin: Exhibited large format painting and photographs

Review by Art Historian & Art History Professor Vivian Donnell Rodriguez

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

03/15/2014  

Imagine Liberation: Exhibited 24 paintings, Acrylic paintings on paper

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

12/15/2012  

Primal Connection: Exhibited monotypes and Primal connection painting.

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

11/17/2012  

Imagine Liberation: Exhibited acrylic paintings on paper

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

02/11/2012  

Miami Design District Art Walk: Exhibited acrylic paintings on paper

Majestic Properties, Miami Design District, 35 NE 40 St. Miami FL 33137

05/06/2011  

Imagining Liberation: Exhibited acrylic paintings on paper

Domingo Padron Gallery, 1518 Ponce de Leon Blvd; Coral Gables, FL 33134

Solo Exhibits

 

 

04/20/2019  

Eight Visual Paths; exhibited Saphire Meditation

Florida International University

Steven & Dorothea Green Library

11263 SW 8 Street, Miami FL 33199

12/07/2018  

Miami Art Week Exhibit: Exhibited 2 paintings

Hernan Gamboa Gallery, Humboldt International University

4000 W Flagler Street, Coral Gables, FL 33134

11/02/2018  

New Horizon 2:  Exhibited 1 painting 4 monotypes, 

CFA Gallery, 2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables FL 33134

 

10/05/2018  

New Horizon 1:  Exhibited: Deflowered 

CFA Gallery, 2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables FL 33134

 

09/28/2018  

La Mano Hispana, Exhibited: Bird of Different Feather

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

09/08/2018  

Reference Cited, Exhibited Pilar Remembers

Florida International University, Steven & Dorothea Green Library

11263 SW 8 Street, Miami FL 33199

 

08/03/2018  

Teice Memorial Auction: Exhibited: Abstract Seascape

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

06/02/2018  

Aragon Group Show, Exhibited 8 paintings and one monotype.

Aragon Clubhouse, 8700 W 35th Ct; Hialeah, Florida 33018

 

06/01/2018  

The Grand Illusion: Exhibited monotypes

CFA Gallery, 2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables FL 33134

 

04/06/2018  

Journey of an Artist: Exhibited monotypes.

CFA Gallery, 2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables FL 33134

 

03/22/2018  

Art at the Icon, Noel Santiesteban, Curator: Exhibited Portrait of Chagall

Icon Building, 475 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

 

03/08/2018  

And Still I Rise: Exhibited Cerca del Manantial (Near the Headwaters) 

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

01/26/2018  

Jose Marti Art Exhibit: Exhibited, Magdalena 

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

01/25/2018  

BRADICA group show

Ignatius Center for the Arts, 

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, 500 SW 127thAve., Miami, FL

 

12/06/2017  

Miami Art Week, Spectrum, Blink Group: Exhibited Bumper Crop painting

Wynwood, 1700 NE 2ndAvenue, Miami FL

 

11/30/2017  

What’s on your Palette, Exhibited: Ravenous Artist, Portrait of Villamil

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

11/25/2017  

Dali & I: Exhibited Portrait of Dali 

MAC Fine Art, 833 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

 

11/10/2017  

Dali & I: Exhibited Portrait of Dali

MAC Fine Art, 4601 Military Trail #101, Jupiter, FL 33458

 

10/27/2017  

Blue Tulip Rescue: Exhibited one painting, Searching for my Sky

Sarrazino Gallery, Suite 102, 401 Coral Way Coral Gables, Florida 33134

 

10/06/2017  

La Mano Hispana: Exhibited Portrait of Frida Kahlo 

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

06/16/2017  

High Frequencies: Exhibited one painting, Portrait of Wifredo Lam

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

04/27/2017  

Hialeah Park Art Collective: Exhibited one painting

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

01/27/2017  

Jose Marti Art Exhibit: Exhibited Pilar Remembers

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

11/19/2016  

Drawing Exploration, Part II

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

11/07/2016  

Nest-Gen, Exhibited Ovum Dream, A large sculpture installation 

Florida International University, School of Engineering

 

10/15/2016  

Drawing Exploration, Part I

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

08/05/2016  

Black & White Group Show, Exhibiting portraits Picasso and Basquiat

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

07/21/2016  

Afterlife of Color Reception 2: Portrait of Dali and Attraction II and II

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

04/21/2016  

Afterlife of Color Reception 1: Portrait of Dali and Attraction II and II

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

02/20/2016  

Hello Dali, Exhibited Custom-made Paradise & Forever Dali

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

01/16/2016  

Facing Dali: Exhibited large format painting

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

11/11/2015  

Badges of Courage Foundation; Sculpture Breast Blossom

MANO Fine Art, Bird Rd. Art District, 4225 SW 75th Ave, Miami, FL 33155

 

10/17/2015   

Drawing Excellence, The Sequel

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

09/19/2015  

Drawing Excellence

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

04/18/2015  

Miami Green Space

Landscape painting of rare Miami pastoral scenes 

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

03/27/2015  

Home Show, At Home with Art, BRAD Booth 

Exhibited 2 paintings, 1 of which was selected to promote the event

Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Ctr. Dr, MB, FL 33139

 

03/04/2015  

Purim Mask Exhibit: Exhibited a mixed media sculpture, Medusa              

Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

11/16/2014  

Nest-Gen, Ecological Art: Exhibited Installation Empty Nest 10′ x 8′ x 8′ 

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum’ s Sculpture Garden

Florida International University, 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199

 

10/03/2014  

La Mano Hispana; Exhibited 3 paintings: Joaquin; Avraham and Alexis

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

05/31/2014  

I Shall Walk for You [Por Ti Caminare] Exhibited, Imaginary Launch

Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

 

05/21/2014  

I Shall Walk for You [Por Ti Caminare]: Exhibited, Imaginary Launch

Bacardi Headquarters, 2701 S Le Jeune Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

 

02/15/2014  

The Kiss, A show about the concept of kiss, no actual kissing 

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

01/25/2014  

Artists Applause, Exhibited 10 paintings

Main Gallery, McCormick Historic Building 

111 SW 3rd St, Miami, FL 33130

 

12/07/2013  

Ocean Drive Art Blast

Open theme show for established artists, various media 

Miami Design Preservation League Welcome Center Building

1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

 

11/16/2013  

Art Fest @ Doral

Open theme show, emerging, mid-career, and established artists

Carlos Albizu University, 2173 NW 99th Ave, Doral, FL 33172

11/16/2013  

BLOOM BLAST II              

Utilizing flowers as a means of expression

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

10/19/2013  

BLOOM BLAST I 

Utilizing flowers as a means of expression

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

10/05/2013  

MEDLEY at Duo exhibit Miguel Rodez & Barry Gross 

Exhibited a dozen paintings

Barry Gross Gallery, North Beach, Fort Lauderdale, FL

10/04/2013  

La Mano Hispana, Exhibited 2 paintings: Cachita and The Painter

Milander Center for the Arts, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah FL 33012

 

09/21/2013  

Drawing Exploration II

Drawings, Open theme

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

03/16/2013  

Sexual Currents 

Exhibit about sensuality, sexuality, practices, and gender identity

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

02/16/2013  

Passion Red

Featuring artwork where red becomes the protagonist in the piece

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

01/19/2013  

Face 2 Face 

Exhibit entirely composed of self-portraits

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

10/20/2012  

A Woman’s Perspective

Open theme from a female perspective

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

09/15/2012  

Drawn from Within 

Drawing, open theme                

Bird Road Art District, 4229 SW 75 Ave, Miami FL 33155

 

08/18/2012  

Made in the USA, group show

Exhibited installation: American Idea

Mano Fine Art, Bird Road Art District, Miami Florida

03/01/2012  

Arte Americas (Curated by Hoy Arte Hoy staff) Exhibited drawings

Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall A, Booth 811

1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

03/10/2012  

The Art Link Gallery, Wynwood Arts District.

Exhibited fine arts photography

130 NW 36th St, Miami, FL 33127

 

02/03/2012  

Art in the Breezeway, Coral Gables Museum Plaza 

Exhibited: sculpture Lucky Link

Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

 

01/06/2012  

Art in the Breezeway, Coral Gables Museum Plaza

Exhibited: Velocity, drawing, painting, and photography

Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

 

12/05/2011  

Giants in the City, Miami Art Week at Bayfront Park

Exhibited Monumental inflatable sculpture “Velocity”

Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami Florida

11/07/2011  

Sleepless Nights: Exhibited large installation: “Man vs. Nature”

Roof terrace at Catalina Hotel Complex 

1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

09/01/2011  

Artist Blend

Exhibited Painting

Sunset Fine Art, 5864 Sunset Drive, South Miami, Florida

04/01/2011  

Oriental Focus (Curated by Cece Saba)

Exhibited fine art photography photographed in Thailand

Sunset Fine Art, 5864 Sunset Drive, South Miami, Florida

03/18/2011  

Art-Naples Contemporary Art Fair,Miami Wave 

Exhibited composite painting from the Imagine Liberation Collection

Naples International Pavilion, Naples, Florida

 

12/02/2010  

Miami Independent Thinkers, Miami Art Week

Exhibited photography and painting

Casa Wynwood, 2135 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33127

08/31/2010  

International Art Fair [FIART] Exhibited giant sculpture “Lucky Link”

Dominican Republic’s Palace of Fine Arts      

Avenida Maximo Gomez, Santo Domingo 10204, Dominican Republic

 

08/03/2010  

Giants in the City: Exhibited large scale inflatable sculpture “Lucky Link”

Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Ctr Dr. MB, FL 33139

 

07/08/2010  

Wynwood Art Walk, Exhibited large format fine arts photography

Kavachnina Contemporary Gallery, 

Wynwood, 46 NW 36th St. Miami FL,33127, Miami, Florida

Collective Exhibits

 
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Portrait of Joaquin Estrada Montalban, acrylic on canvas, 78" x 73", Miguel Rodez Artist 

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