Patricia M. Rodriguez

Patricia M. RodriguezArtist's Statement
My current work is abstract monotypes, which allows me to work in a loose format creating spontaneous splashes of color. As a painter I can transfer my ideas quickly on plexi-glass then on to paper, and produce a painting, in a monotype print, my work is mostly abstract with some heart images. The heart symbol is special to me, as a Latina artist and art curator. I am constantly dealing with artists and their emotions and all those impressions that motivate us to be creative no matter how difficult life can be at times, especially in the Latino community with so many obstacles and economic hardships, the heart always speaks the truth.

My prior art experience and influences come from many sources; I was influenced artistically by my grandmother who knew how to reserve creative time. In the evening, we sat together at her favorite table where she made things by hand, sewing, embroidery, and journal writing, as she listened to romantic Mexican music on the radio. (Lydia Mendoza, Agustin Lara) As a result I also learned to create space and time for me and my art.

My art history has been rich and wonderful. I received a scholarship to attend the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970. I was happy and excited to be accepted to such a prestigious art school, but frustrated as I did not want to be a minimalist painter at the time; I wanted to paint with lots of color. The door opened for me by being invited to paint murals in the Mission/Latino community. I created and organized a group of women artist to paint murals in San Francisco; the group was "Las Mujeres Muralistas, 1970-79. You can find information about the group in many art history books.

In 1975-1980 I was invited to teach a UC Berkeley in the Chicano Studies Department. I was one of the first Chicana Artists to teach in the UC system right after the Civil Rights Movement and the Chicano Movement. I created one the first Chicano Art History courses in the UC system, and a Chicano Art history reader, that ended up being barrowed by art instructors at Stanford University and at the San Francisco Art Institute. I also traveled to do lectures on the Murals I was painting with my Mujeres Muralistas collective. I kept teaching at various universities and colleges in the Bay Area. In the 1980's I also created a large body of art box constructions for exhibitions in galleries that traveled all over the U.S. and abroad. I was invited to teach at the Institute for American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The invitation came from Jean La Marr, Native American printmaking professor. I taught printmaking for a whole year, and fell in love with New Mexico and stayed for six years, 1990-1996. I taught at UNM-Los Alamos part time, while holding a full time job as a student adviser. I also taught at the Espanola Community college, New Mexico, where I painted a few murals with the Espanola city youth.

In 1997, I moved back to California and taught at California State University Monterey Bay, CSUMB.1998 came back to San Francisco, and started classes at San Francisco State University towards my MFA credits. Then 2001-2009 I began to work as a gallery coordinator for Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, in San Francisco. I became the curator for two large galleries and brought back the community artist to exhibit and call the cultural center their home. I also opened doors for artists to exhibit their work from abroad; Spain, Mexico, Latin America, Canada, and all United States. The gallery is now on the map and has become one of the most famous galleries in California.

Currently I am part time retired and continue to work with youth in a teaching position (Screen Printing), at Laney College in Oakland, California. I continue to create and exhibit monotype prints, and box constructions, conduct art workshops, and lectures. Most recently I found a new love, I am writing articles about the wonderful art history experiences I have had in my artistic life. This is not new; I illustrated the first children's book "The Magic Boys" for the San Francisco Children's Book Press, in 1975.

Exhibitions: The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Smithsonian National Museum, Washington D C, Mexican Fine Arts Museum, Chicago, Ill. White Gallery, UCLA, Jewish Museum, San Francisco, Horwitch Lew Allen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Daniel Saxon Gallery, Los Angeles, Kimberly Gallery, Washington DC, C.N. Gorman Museum, UC Davis, and the De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA., Triton Museum Santa Clara, CA. Marin County Foundation, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. And many San Francisco community art galleries; La Galeria de la Raza, Mission Cultural Center, Back to the Picture Gallery, and the famous Mexican Museum.

Latest writing: "Mujeres Muralistas" chapter; by Patricia Rodriguez, in book to be released in the Spring 2011, "Ten Years That Shook The City--San Francisco 1968-78"Edited by Chris Carlsson, with Lisa Ruth Elliott, A Reclaiming San Francisco Book, by City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA.

Pacifica, CA.
August 2010





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