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Omar Rodriguez-Graham’s work is the result of an ongoing exploration to find the meeting point between the recognizable and the abstract. His work begins with the use of recognizable images from historic Renaissance paintings as an armature to place marks.

In a carefully planned process, Rodriguez-Graham digitally modifies these historic paintings to an unrecognizable abstraction. These digital sketches are then translated into actual large-format paintings. A patchy sky, a stark insignia, colorful regalia, limbs and weaponry are the substrates for a reconsidered image.

As with the calculated approach of Renaissance painters, Rodriguez-Graham methodically assigns different colors, textures and techniques to specific areas, slowly constructing each plane. Even the shape and scale of canvases are carefully considered. As he builds the painting, Rodriguez-Graham welcomes moments of improvisation, experimenting with different ways of applying oil paint in each passage of the picture. This is his way of compressing and tackling various moments of art history.

And yet in the end, these very contemporary abstract paintings feel related to the Renaissance. They are bold and charged with vitality and emotion. By opening a dialogue with the great painters in history, Rodriguez-Graham is an artist fully aware of the progression of abstraction in the last seventy years.

Omar Rodriguez-Graham (1978, México) lives and works in Mexico City. His work has been shown both individually and collectively in México, the United States, Europe and South America. His recent solo shows include: Rafagas, Wu Galería (Peru, 2015), Eternal Return, Galería Arróniz (México, 2014), Mise en Abyme, Galería Nuevo Ochenta (Colombia, 2013), Pintura Construida, Galería Libertad (Mexico, 2012) and Variaciones Sobre un Tema (Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, 2011). His work has been included in museum shows such as: El Hombre al Desnudo (The Male in the Nude) at the National Museum of Art (Mexico, 2014) the 15th Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial at the Tamayo Museum (Mexico, 2012) and Bella y Terca (Beautiful and Stubborn) at the Museum of Modern Art (Mexico, 2010), among others.

Rodriguez-Graham graduated with a BA from Drew University in Madison, N.J., U.S.A. in 2003 and received his MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, P.A., U.S.A. in 2005. He has twice been a recipient of FONCA’s Beca de Jovenes Creadores fellowship. Among the residencies he has atended are The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013) and The Banff Centre (2010). His work is held in private and public collections in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, México, Peru, Singapur, the United States of America and Venezuela among which are included La Colección Jumex, México, Museo de Arte Moderno, México, Sayago & Pardon, U.S.A, Jorge Pérez, U.S.A..

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Selected Works
Tidal 2017
Oil on Linen
67 x 56 inches
170 x 142 cm
Tidal

2017
Oil on Linen
67 x 56 inches
170 x 142 cm

Roche Limit 2017
Oil on Linen
67 x 56 inches
170 x 142 cm
Roche Limit

2017
Oil on Linen
67 x 56 inches
170 x 142 cm

Event Horizon 2017
Oil on Linen
60 inches / 152.4 cm diameter
Event Horizon

2017
Oil on Linen
60 inches / 152.4 cm diameter

Structural Fog 2017
Oil on Linen
60 x 60 inches / 152.4 x 152.4 cm
Structural Fog

2017
Oil on Linen
60 x 60 inches / 152.4 x 152.4 cm

Ray Burst 2017
Oil on Linen
60 inches / 152.4 cm diameter
Ray Burst

2017
Oil on Linen
60 inches / 152.4 cm diameter

Untitled 2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm
Untitled

2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm

Untitled 2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm
Untitled

2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm

Shall Star Like Rise As Great In Flame 2017
Oil on Linen
98.5 x 86.6 inches
250 x 220 cm
Shall Star Like Rise As Great In Flame

2017
Oil on Linen
98.5 x 86.6 inches
250 x 220 cm

In The Beginning There Was Flame 2017
Oil on Linen
59 inches diameter
150cm diameter
In The Beginning There Was Flame

2017
Oil on Linen
59 inches diameter
150cm diameter

ImageBreaker 2016
Oil on Linen
98.5 x 73 inches
250 x 186 cm
ImageBreaker

2016
Oil on Linen
98.5 x 73 inches
250 x 186 cm

Defined by the Sound 2016
Oil on Linen
71.6 x 59 inches
182 x 150 cm
Defined by the Sound

2016
Oil on Linen
71.6 x 59 inches
182 x 150 cm

"Remember," says Cicero to Marcellus in exile, "wherever you are you are equally within of the power of conqueror"

2016
Oil on Linen
75 x 145.6 inches
190 x 370 cm

Terremoto 2016
Oil on Linen
74.8 x 63 inches
190 x 160 cm
Terremoto

2016
Oil on Linen
74.8 x 63 inches
190 x 160 cm

Exhibitions
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