Studies and Chronology

RODAL Carlos, 1964 –
Guadalajara, Jalisco, México


1992 – 1980 ·Independent studies of aesthetics, art history and architecture theory with architect and professor Ignacio Díaz–Morales

1988 – 1983 ·
B.F.A. of architecture and urbanism, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, ITESO university, Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

1986 – 1983 · Painting at Casa de la Cultura Jalisience


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.


During the 80s he traveled extensively in Europe and during the 90s around the world, studying the art expressions. He keeps studios both in New York City and Guadalajara, Mexico since 1997. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally since 1986.

1997 – present · Based between Guadalajara, Mexico and New York City

2001 – 1989 · Traveled frequently to Mexico City, Monterrey, Mexico and New York City

1997 – 1995 · Lived and worked in Chapala Lake, Jalisco, Mexico

1999             · Cofounder of The Leonard’s Codex Art Assemblage, LeCAA

1995             · Traveled the first time to Oaxaca Mountains, Mexico with the Mazateca ethnic community

1993 – 1992
· Lived in Paris and Rome. Journey through India.

1992…………· He traveled for the first time to Sierra Madre Occidental in Jalisco and Nayarit, Mexico with the Huichol ethnic community

1991…………· Lived and worked in New York City and Paris

1991 – 1989
· Had a studio in Comala, Colima and in Guadalaja, Mexico

1991 – 1988 · Joins art projects with architect Marco Aldaco

1990 …………· Lived and worked two seasons in Rome, Italy

1990 – 1987 · Had a studio at the same building as were his mentor architect Ignacio Díaz-Morales had his studio, in Guadalajara, Mexico

1989             · Professional thesis: “Ecological Project for a Resort Complex in Hautulco Bay”, Oaxaca, Mexico
                     · Proposal to restaurateur and renew in art gallery the Ex-convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico

1988 – 1984 · Frequent visits to Europe: France, England, Italy, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Swiss, and Czechoslovakia

1988 – 1982 · Traveled through Mexico and studied the manifestations of the popular art, focused on the handcraft and architecture of the Colonial and Pre- Columbian civilizations of Ancient Mesoamerica

1987 · …………Cofounder of a team of young architects (Ars Consortium), to represent Mexico in an international contest of the fifth century of encountering of two worlds. Project: “Restoration and Reintegration of Historic Monuments”, Sevilla, Spain

1986 – 1983 · Took classes of portrait and anatomy from painter Ma. Luisa González–Aréchiga

1984 – 1982 · Took classes of photography from photographer Mito Covarrubias and painting lessons from artist Lázaro Julián

1984…………· First travel to Los Angeles, CA
……………….. · Met poet Elías Nandino and started a friendship. He wrote several poems for his solo exhibition in 1988

1982…………· Traveled for the first time to New York City and Europe
……………….. · Met painter and sculptor Juan Soriano and started a friendship

1992 – 1981 · Throughout these years, Professor Ignacio Díaz-Morales, architect and urbanist was his mentor and teacher in art history, esthetics, and theory of architecture, Guadalajara, Mexico

1981 …………· Met architect and urbanist Luis Barragán in Mexico City and started a friendship

1981 – 1980 · Met Juan Rulfo in Guadalajara, Mexico

1976 …………· Traveled to Mexico City, to visit its museums

1968 …………· Received his first art classes from his father, who is an architect and his mother who both stimulate him in arts