Ritchard Rodriguez

Ritchard Rodriguez

Miami, FL, United States

About Ritchard Rodriguez

Ritchard Rodriguez was born and raised in New York City, studied art at NY’s School of Visual Arts under mentors Gilbert L. Stone and Jonathan Borofsky, migrated once west to Aspen Colorado for two years where exhibited for the very first time (at its Jerome Gallery), 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 who, aside from granting him a solo show in Paris’ first arrondissement, would also include him in the FIAC at the Grand Palais and the Auction House Elkaim, L’Isle-Adam.

“I was a realist for a good fifteen years, trained in the ways of the old masters by the late Gilbert Stone, primarily seduced by the Dutch. Before the eight years that I would spend in Europe I met Lisa de Kooning, friend of a friend’s friend, so became aware of her father, yet another Dutch artist. In fact, de Kooning, Kline and Joan Mitchell eventually fed my emancipation from the restrictions of academic realism, and in time I jumped off the cliff of a comfort zone with a hand glider of my own invention without regrets.”

Rodriguez now lives and works in Miami Florida, continues to exhibit internationally, his paintings collected throughout three continents, even enjoying the success of being presented among ten other artists who participated in Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s annual auction to raise funds for her charity, Fight AIDS Monaco. “His two paintings were bought by a Monegasque art collector on 1st December 2007 at the auction in Monte Carlo in the presence of the Princess and her brother, Prince Albert II. Ritchard has a very particular and unique approach toward the canvas while painting. Each of his work is an emotional story that belongs to his heart and echoes ours.” — Marie-Laetitia Lesaffre (curator).

“When I entered NY’s High School of Art & Design I aspired at being a comic-book artist upon graduation. By the time of my final term there, I bought a box of oil paints that changed my life for good. I see my paintings as living creatures with shapes, problems and solutions that I address within a candid dialogue, stemming from pure spontaneity*, entering a space of concentration, rhythm, physical gesturing, and an understanding of where a work wants to go.”

*”…Spontaneity is, after all, total sincerity — the whole being involved in the act without the slightest reservation…”
Alan W. Watts

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
Des Nuages and other Recent Works, Kirk Jewelers, Miami

2019
SPECTRUM Miami 2019
Magic, Quests & Miracles, Artwood Project, Miami

2018
Mingus’ Cumbia I & II, and other Recent Works, RINCK, Paris, curated by Héléne Desmazières

2014
Celebrating 40 Years of Painting: The Keys of Life, Atelier Interior Design Gallery, NYDC, NYC

2012
Privacy and other Recent Works, Poltrona Frau, NYC

2010
No Regrets, Atelier Interior Design Gallery, NYDC, NYC

2007
Comfort / Calins and other Recent Works, ArtSee Gallery, NYC, curated by Delah Mckay
The Dream Stelae, Earth2Mars Gallery, NYC

2004
Courage, Nexus Projects Gallery, NYC

2000
The Inauguration of Orion the Hunter, Caliban, NYC, curated by Les Barany
Ritchard Rodriguez, Sterling Sound Gallery, NYC

1997
Heroines & Villainesses, Part I and II, Atelier International Gallery, NYC, curated by Carole Jones

1993
Hic Et Ubique, Lavignes-Bastille 5, Paris

1991
The Clash of Erotic & Industrial Rhythms, La Mama La Galleria, NYC

1987
Crimes du coeur, Théatre de la Potiniere, Paris

1984
Ritchard Rodriguez, Galerie Michel Ozenne, Paris

1982
Unsere Frau, Galerie Continental, West Berlin

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Saramago (for Jose) and Recent Works, MB-XL Galerie, Brussels, curated by Paloma de Boismorel
ArtExpo NYC 2016, represented by AVA Galleria

2015
Ritchard Rodriguez, Recent Works, Colorida Gallery, Lisbon

2014
ArtExpo NYC 2014, represented by AVA Galleria

2013
Curate NYC 2013, The Durst Organization & chashama, Condé Nast, NYC, curated by Janusz Jaworski
Tria Summer Cocktail VII, Tria Gallery in Chelsea, NYC
East Village All Stars, Dorian Grey Gallery, NYC, curated by Christopher Pusey

2011
Paintings and Photography, Mantis Collective Gallery, Harrisburg, PA, curated by Andrew Guth & Tara Chickey

2009
A Summer Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Sutton Art Gallery, NYC, curated by Enrique Cubillas

2008
Latin American Art Show, NYC, curated by Angela Royo Serpa

2007
Auction Sale of Contemporary Artwork, La Maison de Vie FAM, Monaco, curated by M-L Lesaffre

2004
Kingdom of Fear, The Puffin Room Gallery, NYC, curated by Carl Rosenstein
Nude Portraits, Barthelemy / Salomon Gallery, NYC

2003
Pier Show 11, The Brooklyn Painters Show & The Solo Works Show, BWAC, NYC

2002
Paradigms Lost: Art, Ambiguity & The Decoding of The Unforeseen, The New Yorker Gallery, NYC

1999
To Honor Don Pullen: From Gospel to the Globe, The Jazz Gallery, NYC, curated by Dale Fitzgerald

1998
Vision 21, La Mama La Galleria Artists, The Tunnel, NYC, Curated by Leeza Ahmady

1997
Styles & Aesthetics VIII, La Mama La Galleria, NYC, Curated by Lawry Smith
Grace of Great Things II, Atelier International Gallery, NYC, Curated by Carole Jones

1996

Three Rivers Arts Festival, Juried Visual Arts Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, curated by Dan Cameron

1992
Spare Parts, Marine Midland Bank, NYC, curated by Peggy Hadden
Article 2, Sec. 4; Art at the Polls, Limner Gallery & Brecht Forum, NYC, curated by Kevin O’Neill

1991
Patterns & Repetitions, Ward-Nasse Gallery, NYC, curated by Margot Norton & Rob Curcio

1985
Auction Sale ‘Les Peintres au XX° Siècle’, Auction House Elkaim, L’Isle-Adam, curated by Michel Ozenne

1984
FIAC ’84, Galerie Jan de Maere, Grand Palais, Paris, curated by Jan de Maere & Michel Ozenne

1977
Annual Roaring Fork Valley Exhibition, Jerome Gallery, Aspen, CO