Rodal Carlos, 1964 —
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Contemporary painter and sculptor
Based in studio-workshops in both Guadalajara and New York City.
Defines art as “the conceptual and poetic expression of the human mind, body and spirit through material media.”
He received his training from painters and architects (including his own father architect, UNAM 1962) in his native city, where he studied basic and high school education at humanistic jesuits school and later architecture and urbanism at the ITESO University in Guadalajara and painting at Casa de la Cultura Jalisience.
He has lived in Mexico, the United States, and Europe
He is part of the generation of plastic artists that emerged in the early 90’s as heirs to the various genres of modernism (tradition and rupture)—the so-called contemporary movement, which paved the way for late twentieth century postmodernism and early twenty-first century ultramodernism.
Mr. Rodal’s paintings and sculptures have been internationally exhibited in solo and group shows since 1986. In 1990 he took part in “Parallel Project”, as part of “Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries” exhibition and other Mexican cultural events at New York City.
In 1991 he was invited to exhibit in “Mito y Magia en América”, the opening of Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, MARCO, together with Jean Michel Basquiat, George Condo, Terry Winters, Daniel Senise, Susan Rothenberg, Germán Venegas among others, where his work is part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
From 1995-1996 he participated in the art show “Jalisco Genio y Maestría”, the major exhibition of two centuries of master painters of Jalisco, together with Mexican Muralist painters Dr. Atl and José Clemente Orozco and Mexican School masters such as María Izquierdo, Juan Soriano, Jesus (Chucho) Reyes, Jesus Guerrero Galván, Roberto Montenegro, and contemporary painters such as Javier Arevalo and Gabriel Macotela at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey and Antiguo Colegio de San Idelfonso at Mexico City.
In 1997 he had a solo show, “New Apparitions” with The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and Ramis Barquet Gallery. He cofounded with the artist Carlos Pez, The Leonard Codex Arts Assemblage in Brooklyn, NY in 1999.
From 2001 to 2008 he was invited to participate in an art worldwide project by TransCultural Exchange and the UNESCO.
Since 2002 he started to build large scale sculptures in steel
In 2004 he had a solo show “Acción del Polen” in the context of XVIII International Book Fair FIA at Guadalajara, Mexico, with a 2005 he had a solo exhibit “Hibridaciones” at the historic Ex Convento Del Carmen in Guadalajara, Mexico
In 2005 he took part in the sculpture exhibition “Dimension variable;site fixed” at CAC, Gallery Cambridge Arts Council in Massachusetts, sponsered in part by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
In 2007, he won the contest “New Life Visual” to exhibit at New Life Shop Gallery & The Wooloo Project Fund at Berlin, Germany.
In 2009, received the commission of ITESO University to build a monumental sculpture
for the campus
In 2009 he had a solo exhibition, “Encanto del Volcán” at the Pinacoteca Universitaria at Colima Mexico.
His work has also been exhibited together with Mexican masters as David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Irma Palacios, Francisco Toledo, Sergio Hernández, José Luis Cuevas, Lilia Carrillo, Manuél Felguerez, Roger von Gunten, Rodolfo Morales, Rodolfo Nieto, Miguel y José and Francisco Castro Leñero and together with masters of other countries such as Miquel Barceló, Louis Borgueois, Mimo Palladino, Jorg Immendorff, A.R. Penck, Georg Baselitz, Saint Clair Cemin, Guillermo Kuitka, Segundo Planes, Robert Longo and Julian Schnabel.
CONTEXT AND LIFE
Like many of his colleagues, he has made use of the deconstruction of formal elements such as frames, backs, and surfaces; recycled materials and objects; and new techniques and technologies to breathe new life into traditional painting and sculpture. The result of these endeavors has been the formation of composite assemblage and mixed medias. Another vital characteristic of his work is the incorporation and merging of expressions arising from both local and foreign cultures of the past and present, together with everyday occurrences of the modern world.
From his youth, Rodal has approached the execution of his art as his life’s calling, which has driven him to use the corpus of his work as a way of expressing his personal visions—visions that come as a result of observation, thought, intuition, the subconscious, and imagination. His motivation has been to push the structure and systems of the language of plastic arts to their very limits, in harmony with the transfiguration of formal elements, allowing him to create, using these techniques, his own manner of expression.
The author approaches each new work with complete naturalness, drawing on freedom, fresh viewpoints, reflection, and meditation, while striving for clarity of interpretation as well as quality of workmanship. The result is never-before-seen works composed of figurative and/or abstract elements and characterized for their celebration and praise of life. These factors inspire the viewer to interact with the work, which projects an energy of its own, breathing life into processes that benefit the daily life of the community as well as granting a deeper understanding of reality and the mysteries of existence
CHARACTERISTICS OF HIS WORK
Vital characteristic of his work is the incorporation and merging of expressions arising from both local and foreign cultures of the past and present (cultural nomadism), together with everyday occurrences of the modern world. Special attention has his interest and study in the Mesoamerican civilizations; and expression and cosmogony of the Huichols and Mazateca ethnic Mexican groups.