Ritchard Rodriguez Oil Abstractions
Ritchard Rodriguez was born and raised in New York City, studied art under mentors Gilbert L. Stone and Jonathan Borofsky, migrated once west to the Rockies of Colorado for a year and a half, then east to Berlin, Hamburg and Paris for a duration of eight years. There he was represented by art dealers Michel Ozenne in Paris and Jan de Maere in Brussels, featured in solo shows and in the FIAC at the Grand Palais. During the years spent in France the paint took over as Rodriguez discovered freedom within his own abstraction, substituting figures with strokes or combinations of strokes, exploring the linen he faced with a preferable honesty, “painting from the heart and guts”. He returned to the US making New York his home and work place once again, likewise taking his art materials to tropical Brazil for many winters to come. The work segued as a result from an industrial edge that included collage and photography along with his oils, to that of pure abstractions, color and light. Rodriguez continues to exhibit nationally and internationally, even enjoying the success of being presented among 10 other artists who participated in Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s annual auction to raise funds for her charity, Fight AIDS Monaco. In 2019 he settled in Miami Florida, a city saturated with art, nature and the most colorful clouds for inspiration.
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