George Rodriguez: Guardian
BIMA is proud to present Rodriguez’s first solo art museum exhibition in the Northwest, following his solo show at The University of Texas, El Paso. George Rodriguez is originally from El Paso, and currently lives in Seattle. His large-scale ceramic sculptures are a blend of traditional folk art and contemporary fine art and craft – hand-built and enhanced with various surface patterns, colors and glazes.
Rodriguez engages directly with political, social and cultural issues, addressing Mexican-Americans and other communities of color in the United States and beyond. His work speaks to the experiences of immigrants, political refugees, and other often marginalized communities. He notes: “My work blends my interest in human psychology, community and love for decoration and embellishment… I use traditional and iconic imagery and forms to make my work feel familiar. Through the narratives I choose, I bring whimsical, serious and approachable aspects into my work. I realize that even when the content is heavy it can still be made accessible… Community is a strong force that influences my artwork and life. I value the communities that I have formed and am continuing to expand on. My artwork aims to bring people closer and act as markers for people to congregate around.”
George Rodriguez has a BFA in Ceramics from The University of Texas, El Paso (2006), and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington (2009). His work was further inspired by a Bonderman Travel Fellowship from the University of Washington (2009) and has been featured on the cover of American Craft magazine, published by the American Craft Council (2015). He has had several solo exhibitions at Foster/White Gallery in Seattle and is an art faculty member at North Seattle College.