Salamatina LLC New York


DEPARTURE-I, 2009
Oil on canvas, 66 x46 in. (167.64 x 116.84 cm.)


DEPARTURE-VI, 2009
Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in. (91.44 x 60.96 cm.)


DEPARTURE-VIII, 2009
Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in. (91.44 x 60.96 cm.)


ARRIVAL-IX, 2009
Oil on canvas, 36 x 44 in. (91.44 x 60.96 cm.)


ARRIVAL-X, 2009
Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in. (91.44 x 60.96 cm.)


DEPARTURE-XII, 2009
Oil on canvas, 52. x 48 in. (132.08 x 121.92 cm.)


ARRIVES-AND-DEPARTUDES-XIII, 2009
Oil on canvas, 44 x 60 in. (111.76 x 152.4 cm.)

Arturo Rodriguez

Arturo Rodriguez was born in the small Cuban town of Ranchuelo in 1956. His creative instincts were awakened at the age of ten, by the gift of pencils, paper and art books from his aunt, Silvia. Rodriguez moved with his family in 1971 to Spain, living in both Asturias and Madrid. It was in Madrid that he discovered the magic of the Prado Museum and the powerful influences of the great masters, Velazquez and Goya. Rodriguez carefully studied their forceful depictions of the human figure and their command of the art of painting. Other artists who have had a strong influence upon his work include Caravaggio, Giorgione, Cézanne, Giacometti, Max Beckmann, and Giorgio Morandi.


Moving once again, Rodriguez settled in Miami with his family in 1973. He completed high school and briefly studied drawing at Miami Dade Community College. During this period of his life, Rodriguez fell in love with the music of jazz and blues, incorporating their improvisational and soulful elements into his artwork. Concentrating on the universal theme of "displacement," he filters these experiences through predominantly unconscious images which manifest themselves through drawing, composition and color. Alienation being his central theme, Rodriguez conveys this state of being in figurative works that range from paintings to mixed-media collages, watercolors and drawings.


The works of Arturo Rodriguez have been widely exhibited from America to Switzerland, France, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Panama, and Colombia. They are featured in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jerusalem Museum, Norton Gallery of Art and Bass Museum of Art, among others. A strong market for his work includes auction sales at both Christie's and Sotheby's. He has received numerous public commissions, including a three-piece mural for the City of Miami to celebrate Hispanic heritage. In 1987, he was commissioned by Florida International University to execute a painting, Exiles, which was presented to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Florida.