All my work in general deals with the question of identity, understood as the system of judgments about a person, culture or phenomenon. This question is generally treated from the prism of Caribbean popular culture, using the humor and elements of this culture, and such cliches formed about the culture, that when it comes from them, it builds images that simultaneously incarnate that reality, and question it. The ambivalence of genres is also a topic that is near to me, a game of illusions with the spectator, the doubt in the identity of a concept or an image, the phenomena that pretend to be one thing, but that are really something else or both at the same time. Although my work has a conceptual root, where the idea conditions formal elements; the sensory sense, the sensations that emanate from the forms of my work are fundamental to them. In my artwork I used to work with different media depending on how interested I am: painting, installations, sculptures, prints, ceramics; this, however, has been associated generally with the soft sculpture (sewn and stuffed fabrics), a technique that brings me closer to the craftwork of the popular cultures of the Caribbean, incorporating real chosen objects.

Elio Rodriguez

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1966 Havana, Cuba. Lives in Spain


1989 Higher Institute of Art (ISA), Havana, Cuba.

1984 San Alejandro Art Academic, Havana, Cuba.


2015 Fellowship at Hutchins Center, Harvard University, MA, USA. 2010 Artist in Residence. Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 2003 Artist in Residence. The Museum Diego Rivera & Francisco Oller, Buffalo, NY, USA. 2002 Guest Professor. Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA Guest Artist. Ceramic Workshop. Harvard University. MA, USA.


Museo Universidad Alicante, España; Centro Cultural de España en Miami, FL, USA; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Habana, Cuba; Factoría Habana, Habana, Cuba; Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia; Cooper Gallery, Cambridge, MA, USA; Bresse Little Gallery, London, UK; L' Escorxador, Elche, Alicante, España; Las Cigarreras, Alicante, España; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. USA; Instituto Cervantes. London, UK; Centro Provincial de Arte, Habana, Cuba; Fundación Ludwig de Cuba, Habana, Cuba; Taller de Serigrafía, Habana, Cuba; Facultad de Arte, Universidad de la Havana, Cuba; Diaspora Museum, San Francisco, LA, USA; The 8th Floor Gallery, New York, NY, USA; Queens Museum, New York, NY, USA; Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, NYC, USA; Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Galeria Charpa, Valencia, España; Rudenstine Gallery. Hutchins Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA; London Print Studio, London, UK; San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco; L.A, USA; Kennesaw State University, Georgia; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Lowe Art Museum, USA; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, USA; Memorial Foundation of Latin America, Brazil; Centro Wifredo Lam, Habana, Cuba; Centro La Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rush Arts Gallery, NYC, USA; Casa de las Americas, Habana, Cuba; National Museum of Arts, Port Prince, Haiti; Musee lanchelevici, the Louviere, Belgium; Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Newark, NJ, USA; St. John's University, Queens, NY, USA; Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana


National Arts Museum, Cuba / Jersey City State University, USA / Foundation AMBA, Brazil / Embassy of Cuba, China / Hainaut City Hall, Belgium / Museum of Humor, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba/ Peggy Crafitz Collection, Washington, DC, USA / Bratton Gallery, New York, NYC, USA/ Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS, USA / The Boheme Fine Arts Gallery, Miami, FL, USA / Cinque Gallery, New York, NYC, USA / Center For Cuban Studies, New York, NY, USA / The von Christierson Collection, London, UK / The Shelley & Donald Rubin Collection, New York, NY, USA / W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, MA, USA. Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection/CIFO, Miami, USA.


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