Daniel Rios Rodriguez (b. 1978, Killeen, Texas, USA) received his BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005 and an MFA from Yale University in 2007. His paintings are a unique combination of found material and impasto paint executed on an intimate scale. The irregular shapes of the works are the result of Rodriguez making the supports himself from materials such as terracotta and cement, and building up the shape with found wood, rope, nails, and other objects he finds in his environment. Through his practice, Rodriguez intentionally touches on disparate motifs from the history of painting— landscape, still life, memento mori, and collage, for example—to reconfigure and raise questions around how those elements have been historically narrativized in the West.
Rodriguez was a recipient of the 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and has exhibited at galleries and museums internationally. Select gallery exhibitions include Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York (2020); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2019); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2018); i8 Gallery, Reykjavik (2018); Galeria Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Lulu, Mexico City (2016); Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); James Harris Gallery, Seattle (2015); and Martos Gallery, New York (2013). Select museum exhibitions include the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio (2019); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019); the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston (2018); McNay Art Museum, San Antonio (2015); and White Columns, New York (2011). Rodriguez lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Born 1978, Texas
Lives and works in San Antonio, TX
MFA, Yale School of Art, New Haven, USA
BFA, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, USA (Forthcoming)
Bruisers, Artpace, San Antonio, USA
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, USA
Bite the Tongue, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
It was literally the wreck of jewels and the crash of gems…, with Kate Newby, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, USA
Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Controlled Burn, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, USA
Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico
Western Exhibitions, Chicago, USA
Artists Looking at Art, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, USA
Crosseyed and Painless, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, USA
2013 Paint Work, One River Gallery, Englewood, USA
2011 White Columns, New York, USA
Selected Group Exhibitions
Beach, River, Forest, Sean Horton (presents), New York, USA (Forthcoming)
Prince.ss.es des Villes, Lulu Retrospective, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Frieze London, Cooper Cole, London, UK
Seeing Believing Having Holding, organized by Dan Byers at i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
Right Here, Right Now: San Antonio, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, USA
Of A Well Sucked Apricot, Tif Sigfrids, Los Angeles, USA
Milano Chow/Ann Greene Kelly/Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, USA
Hannah Fritz, Áine McBride, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Marcel Vidal, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Quiet, Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
A Terceira Mão/ The Third Hand, Galeria Fortes D’aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil
The Faraway Inside, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, USA
A Change of Heart, curated by Chris Sharp, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
And There Is An End, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, USA
Figuratively, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
And There Is An End, Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Cabinet of Curiosities, Mini Art Museum, San Antonio, USA
Artists Looking at Art, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, USA
Painting 101, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, USA
Why is Everything the Same? Works from the Collection of Anne Collier and Matthew Higgs, Martos Gallery, New York, NY
Pig Party, organized by Gina Beavers, New York City Gallery, New York, NY
Sleep Late, My Lady Friend, Horton Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Sailors and Shamans, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY
Scrawl, Artspace, New Haven, CT
La Casa Cultural, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Juventus, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
Artist in residence, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, USA
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
Dowty, Morgan. “Review,” Art in Print, April.
Reeve, Charles. “Review,” Frieze, September 1.
Horst, Aaaron. “Review,” Contemporary Art Review LA, August 2.
Tipton, Gemma. “Review: New talent at the Kerlin and 23 artists at Ellis King,” The Irish Times, August 1.
King, Simone. “Critics’ Pick,” Artforum, July 21.
“The best art exhibitions to catch this weekend,” The Irish Times, July 6.
Rosenmeyer, Aoife. “Review,” art agenda, June 1.
Hort, Rema. “Spring Shows to Know,” Whitewall, May 16.
Filho, Celso. “Exposicao Coletiva,” Divirta-se, March 30.
Sharp, Chris. “Theory of the Minor,” Mousse, February-March.
Filho, Celso. “Exposicao Coletiva,” Divirta-se, February 9.
“Onze Artistas Discutme a Tridimensionalidade na Pintura em “A Terceira Mao”,” PIPA, February 6.
“Abertura: A Terceira Mao,” Eventbu, February 6.
“Abertura da coletive “A Terceira Mao” na Galeria Fortes, D’Aloias & Gabriel,” Glamurama, February 2.
“Daniel Rios Rodriguez at Lulu,” Contemporary Art Daily, November 19.
MacMillan, Kyle. “Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Western Exhibitions Review,” Art in America, April.
Dluzen, Robin. “Daniel Rios Rodriguez,” Visual Art Source, February.
Herbert, Martin. “Review: Four Painting Shows,” Frieze, September.
Pagel, David. “And There Is An End, But no end to its goofy appeal,” Los Angeles Times, March.
Kohler, Willam Eckhardt. “A few current shows Part II,” Painting Lives, March.
Corwin, William. “It’s Elementary: Painting 101 at Sargent’s Daughters,” Art Critical, February.
Barry, Mark. “A Thing about Painting,” Ionarts Blog, November.
James, Jamillah. “Studio Visit: Daniel Rios Rodriguez,” Studio: The Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine, Summer/Fall.
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