Born out of meditation on the artist’s dreams, Daniel Rios Rodriguez’s exuberant semi-figurative paintings combine images of nature and fantastical visions that reflect on the artist’s identity and personal experience. Coarse layers of impasto paint embellish wood panels in offbeat shapes: assemblages of tilting rectangles meet 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 and his immediate physical environment. His paintings present an unconventional treatment of the traditional subjects of European painting created with a fascinating array of non-traditional materials that come from the world around the artist 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.