Guided by meditations on dreams, Daniel Rios Rodriguez’s exuberant semi-figurative paintings combine images of nature with fantastical visions that reflect upon the artist’s identity and personal experience. His coarse layers of impasto paint embellish wood panels in offbeat shapes – tilting rectangles, or solar, starburst forms with jagged edges. These constructions often bear impromptu frames, built from frayed strips of rope, nails or copper wire, introducing a collaged, sculptural element to the work. Rios Rodriguez introduces us to a rich world of imagery from his inherited and personal cultural identity as a Mexican-American. His paintings present an unconventional treatment of time-honoured subjects, created with a fascinating array of non-traditional materials that speak to the particular locality of his Texan environment and yet resonate far and wide.
Daniel Rios Rodriguez lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Daniel Rios Rodriguez’s work has been exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Camden Arts Centre, London; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Yale University, New Haven, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago and McNay Art Museum, San Antonio. Selected solo exhibitions include Kerlin Gallery (2021); Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas (2019); Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (2018); McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (2015) and White Columns, New York (2011). In 2018, Rios Rodriguez was artist-in-residence at Chinati Foundation, Marfa.