21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Irvin Rodriguez

Irvin Rodriguez
New York

Irvin Rodriguez, Dopplegänger, oil, 20 x 20.

Irvin Rodriguez, Dopplegänger, oil, 20 x 20.

Art Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Studied drawing at the Grand Central Atelier.

Style: Representational, figurative, and realism.

Creative Spark: Living life. Most of the subjects in my work are people who I encounter in my life—people who either befriend me or inspire me in some way. They compel me to create paintings.

Second-Choice Career: Culinary arts. I would have become a chef if I couldn’t draw. I love cooking, probably too much.

Other Passions: Graphic design, illustration, travel, and films.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: Not much. My life is pretty much an open book. I don’t hide much at all. Life is to be shared with those you care about.

Best Advice Received: From David Kassan: “If you died today, make sure the painting on your easel is the one you want people to remember you by.”

Biggest Fear: Not taking the opportunity to give my dreams a real shot. If things don’t work out, I can live with that. At least I tried my hardest.

Pet Peeve: People who do just about everything in life with minimal effort.

Mantra or Motto: Go big or go home.

Favorite Studio Music: Tracy Chapman, Kendrick Lamar, film soundtracks, and various instrumentals.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: SALOMÉ by Henri Regnault.

Future Goals: To have exhibitions regularly, teach at the university level and at international workshops, publish books, and have a family.

Price Range: $1,500 to $9,000.

Representation: Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FL; Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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