May 22, 2021
Rocío Rodríguez is a painter that lives and works in Atlanta. Her work encompasses drawings and paintings; over the past decade, she has incorporated large wall drawings into her oeuvre. Rodríguez has exhibited in over thirty solo exhibitions in private art galleries, museums, and contemporary art centers, in addition to numerous curated group exhibitions in the United States. She has had two major retrospective exhibitions: at The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA (2012) and at MOCAGA, Atlanta (2019). Her work is in a number of public collections, including the High Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, in addition to numerous private collections. Rodríguez has been the recipient of several distinguished awards and fellowships, among them a Cintas Foundation Fellowship, a “Southern Regional” Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, two SAF/NEA fellowships, an Artadia Award, and an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, in addition to a residency at Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX (2014). Her work has been featured in two books: Out of the Rubble and No-PLACENESS: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape. She received her BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Georgia.
Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2022
My work encompasses a worldview that embraces differences, oppositions, and contradictions. I have always been interested in the paradoxical, creating a space within my work where images are not fixed—a place where visual tension exists, presenting a balancing act between stasis and movement. Some shapes float or hover while others are anchored to an edge. Boxes of color are stacked or placed within my compositions as they begin to vanish or unfold.”