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Kerlin Gallery is delighted to announce its first solo exhibition with the San Antonio-based artist Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue.

Rios Rodriguez makes exuberant semi-figurative paintings on wooden panels. His subject matter is rooted in the natural world, drawing upon traditions of landscape, folk painting and memento mori to blend images of plants, animals, suns, moons and mountains with powerful and fantastical kaleidoscopic visions. 

Rios Rodriguez works on a modest scale, building coarse layers of impasto paint upon panels of irregular shapes – in this instance, circular and starburst forms varying from 40 to 120 cm in diameter. Past work has incorporated collaged elements of organic detritus, giving it a talismanic quality and prompting The New York Time’s Roberta Smith to draw comparison to the tradition of votive painting (small, usually anonymous paintings on panel that are produced as offerings). In truth, the artist’s influences are hybrid – looking towards vernacular figures like the self-taught Texan painter Forrest Bess as much as the canon of European Modernism. As pointed out by Kyle MacMillan in Art in America, “Daniel Rios Rodriguez’s quirky, unassuming paintings don’t fall into any easily recognisable niche or category”.

Rios Rodriguez earned an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2007. Current and forthcoming exhibitions include Right Here, Right Now: San Antonio, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (28 April – 5 August 2018); It was literally the wreck of jewels and the crash of gems, a two-person exhibition with Kate Newby, Nicelle Beauchene, New York (28 June – 17 August 2018) and a solo show at San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas (2019). 
 

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Bite The Tongue, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium on wood panel
60.5 x 60.5 cm / 23.8 x 23.8 in 

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Hotwells, 2018
oil, acrylic, rope, nails, linen, aluminium on wood panel
66 cm / 26 in diameter 

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Zenaida, 2018
oil, acrylic, rope, nails, aluminium and river stone on wood panel
66 cm / 26 in diameter

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Luna, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium and linen on wood panel
40.6 cm / 16 in diameter

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Maracuya, 2018
oil, nails, rope on wood panel 
38 x 38 cm / 5 x 15 in

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Sol, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium and linen on wood panel
40.6 cm / 16 in diameter

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Odilio, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium on wood panel 
116 x 116 cm / 45.7 x 45.7 in

 

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Sombra Maximiliani, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium, copper on wood panel
116 x 116 cm / 45.7 x 45.7 in

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Flash Erecta, 2018
oil, nails rope, aluminium on wood panel 
36.8 x 36.8 cm / 14.5 x 14.5 in

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Nyctanassa, 2018
oil nails, rope, wood, aluminium, acrylic, river stone, Texas mountain laurel bean on wood panel 
116 x 116 cm / 45.7 x 45.7 in

 

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Baileya, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium on wood panel 
67.5 x 67.5 cm / 26.6 x 26.6 in

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Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Bite The Tongue, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium on wood panel
60.5 x 60.5 cm / 23.8 x 23.8 in 

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Hotwells, 2018
oil, acrylic, rope, nails, linen, aluminium on wood panel
66 cm / 26 in diameter 

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Zenaida, 2018
oil, acrylic, rope, nails, aluminium and river stone on wood panel
66 cm / 26 in diameter

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Luna, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium and linen on wood panel
40.6 cm / 16 in diameter

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Maracuya, 2018
oil, nails, rope on wood panel 
38 x 38 cm / 5 x 15 in

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Sol, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium and linen on wood panel
40.6 cm / 16 in diameter

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Odilio, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium on wood panel 
116 x 116 cm / 45.7 x 45.7 in

 

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Sombra Maximiliani, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium, copper on wood panel
116 x 116 cm / 45.7 x 45.7 in

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Flash Erecta, 2018
oil, nails rope, aluminium on wood panel 
36.8 x 36.8 cm / 14.5 x 14.5 in

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Nyctanassa, 2018
oil nails, rope, wood, aluminium, acrylic, river stone, Texas mountain laurel bean on wood panel 
116 x 116 cm / 45.7 x 45.7 in

 

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Baileya, 2018
oil, nails, rope, aluminium on wood panel 
67.5 x 67.5 cm / 26.6 x 26.6 in

Installation Views

Installation Views Thumbnails

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018  © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018  © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery

Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Bite The Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, 27 August – 29 September 2018 © Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Kerlin Gallery