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Elio RodriguezElio "El Macho" Rodríguez Valdés

Elio Rodriguez explores themes of racial identity.  One such theme involves the relationship between black men and mulatas. He can be reached at eliomacho_AT_machoenterprise.com. He has web sites he designed and executed, with many images from his works - sculptures, paintings, silk screens and other art:    www.machoenterprise.com and www.facebook.com/machoenterprise

He curated Queloides/Keloids: Raza y Racismo en el Arte Cubano Contemporáneo, 2010-2012, with Alejandro de la Fuente.

Upcoming shows:

Opening Reception: "ON GUARD (Con la Guardia en Alto)"  4/8/2016 Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard: Elio Rodriguez, curated by Alejandro de la Fuente

Elio Rodriguez: Puzzled  4/1/2016 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel: "Join us next week at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel for the opening reception of Puzzled, Elio Rodriguez’ first solo exhibition in New York City. The show is on view until May 9th and will coincide with his exhibition On Guard at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for Afro-Latin Studies and at our gallery’s booth at Context Art New York at Pier 94, May 4-8, 2016."

Curriculum Vitae

LinkedIn:  es.linkedin.com/pub/elio-rodriguez-valdes/30/b99/600

Elio Rodríguez Gallery I

Elio Rodríguez Gallery II

Pumps Project. "Selva en las Paredes." Centro de Cultura Contemporánea, Las Cigarreras. Alicante, Spain, 21/12/12

Breese Little - Cannibal/Carnival - Elio Rodriguez and Douglas Perez Castro - London, UK, May 25 to July 21, 2012

University of Pittsburg
, 9/07 

Casa de America, Madrid, 7/07 See photos at right

2006 Havana Bienal, 3/06-4/06 

Elio has new exhibit in Havana's Galeria 23 y 12, 11/05-1/06

Elio holds open studio for the 2003 Bienal and through December

Elio opening in Buffalo, 2002

Articles/Artículostop

Opening Reception: "ON GUARD (Con la Guardia en Alto)"  4/8/2016 Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard: Elio Rodriguez, curated by Alejandro de la Fuente

Elio Rodriguez: Puzzled  4/1/2016 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel: "Join us next week at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel for the opening reception of Puzzled, Elio Rodriguez’ first solo exhibition in New York City. The show is on view until May 9th and will coincide with his exhibition On Guard at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for Afro-Latin Studies and at our gallery’s booth at Context Art New York at Pier 94, May 4-8, 2016."

EN VOZ ALTA  2/27/2016 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel: "We are pleased to present En Voz Alta (Aloud), an exhibition of works by twelve Cuban-born artists: María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Alberto Casado, Duvier del Dago, Meira Marrero & José Toirac, Liudmila & Nelson, Yunier Hernandez, Joseph Michael Lopez, Armando Mariño, Douglas Pérez Castro, Reynerio Tamayo, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, and Elio Rodríguez – seven living in Havana, four in the United States and one in Europe."

In Conversation: Elio Rodríguez  5/12/2015 Cuban Art News: "This month, artist Elio Rodríguez completes a semester-long fellowship in Harvard University’s Afro-Latin American Research Institute and Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. In an email interview, he talks about the experience and what comes next."

Cuban resilience shines at Harvard, heroes take flight at BU  5/5/2015 Boston Globe: "Elio Rodríguez Valdés’s “Selva en las Paredes?/ Jungle on the Walls” visits the same contradictions. Soft sculptures, abstracted figures made of white leather, dance across the wall. Look closer, and you’ll see chains and padlocks. Are they dancing now?"

At Crossroads: The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery  4/21/2015 Harvard Crimson: "The first visible piece of artwork from the gallery’s current exhibit, “Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba” is an intricate, white leather sculpture called “Selva en las Paredes” by the Cuban artist Elio Rodríguez Valdés. The foyer’s Entry Gallery is one of what Grant terms “curatorial moments,” and it branches in one direction to the ensuing Ramp Gallery and other artwork and in another towards the auxiliary ACT (Art, Community, and Teaching) Room, which is a technology-enabled venue for community events."

Spring Colloquium with Elio Rodriguez  12/21/2014 Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard University: On 2/11/2015, in Cambridge, MA - "My goal is to continue to explore the complex relationships between being Cuban, being black and, as both Cuban and a person of African descent, member of wider diasporic communities that cannot be contained by the traditional geographic boundaries of the nation state. How do these identities and labels evolve in place(s) of residence that do not easily coexist with or sustain them?"

Elio Rodríguez exhibe 'Presión contenida' en Valencia  12/10/2014 Diario de Cuba: "Elio Rodríguez (La Habana, 1966) reside actualmente en España. Entre sus exposiciones personales recientes figuran: Corridas y venidas (2014) y Cannival/Carnival (2009), junto a Douglas Pérez, ambas en la Breese Little Gallery de Londres, Reino Unido; Selva en las paredes (2012), en el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Las Cigarreras de Alicante, España, y Ceiba negra (2009), en el Centro de Arte L'Escorxador de Elche en Alicante, entre otras."

Y ahora… ¿qué será lo que quiere el negro? Entrevista a Elio Rodriguez  7/1/2013 Noticias de Arte Cubano 

El Ojo del Curador, Parte 2: Más sobre "Cannibal/Carnival: Elio Rodríguez y Douglas Pérez Castro"  6/13/2012 Cuban Art News 

El Ojo del Curador, Parte 1: "Cannibal/Carnival: Elio Rodríguez y Douglas Pérez Castro"  6/12/2012 Cuban Art News 

Rafael Lopez Ramos, "La Huella del Latigo" Los Lirios del Jardin  4/19/2011 ArtSlant: "A propósito de la recién inaugurada edición del proyecto Queloides, dialogué vía correo eléctronico con sus curadores Alejandro de la Fuente y Elio Rodríguez Valdés acerca del tema en que se centra la exposición y otros detalles relacionados con esta."

Sugerencias para una dermatología nacional  10/17/2010 Enuentros: "El vocablo “queloide”, del discurso médico, alude a las marcas o verdugones que quedan en la piel después de una herida mal cicatrizada, y que parte del imaginario popular cubano —probablemente el mencionado señor pertenece a este grupo— asocia sólo a las personas negras. Pero “Queloides” ha sido acuñado por el artista plástico Alexis Esquivel en el contexto de otras cicatrices (simbólicas, extracorpóreas), que marcan nuestro devenir nacional. Lo usó en 1997, para dar título a una primera exposición en la Casa de África (Queloides Parte I), con curaduría suya y de Omar Pascual Castillo. Desde entonces el término ha obrado como hilo conductor entre aquélla y dos exhibiciones más con similar título: la que tuvo lugar en 1999 en el Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, con Ariel Ribeaux Diago como curador (Queloides), y la que se inauguró en La Habana el 16 de abril del 2010 en el Centro Wilfredo Lam (Queloides: Raza y racismo en el arte cubano contemporáneo), con curaduría (censurada) de Alejandro De la Fuente y de Elio Rodríguez."

Art exhibit explores Cuba’s African heritage  5/25/2010 Repeating Islands: "Artists participating in the show will include Belkis Ayán, Manuel Mendive, Bernado Almoguea and René Peña. Ayón, a lithographer, explored Afro-Cuban religion. Her worked combined the myth of Sikan and the traditions of the Abakuá, a men’s secret society. She committed suicide at the age of 32. Mendive, who also emerged from the revolutionary road, has received numerous awards for his work. He has participated in many group and solo art exhibitions in Cuba and Europe. Almoguea is known for painting brightly coloured, politically probing works from his government-owned potato stand. A self-taught photographer, Peña explores the problems of racial and social minorities in his art. His works are part of private collections in Cuba, Italy, the United States, Switzerland, Belgium and Argentina, among other countries. In all, 26 artists will participate in the exhibition, which will show about 80 works. They include the internationally acclaimed artists Joe Bedía, Yoan Capote, Carlos Garaicoa, Armando Mariño, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Elio Rodríguez, Douglas Pérez and Roberto Diago. “The City is proud to be part of such an event that will bring the Cuban touch to our doorstep, and that our citizens will be able to share this wonderful and unique experience,” it said."

Queloides: más que una herida  4/17/2010 Jiribilla: "“La ceiba”, de Elio Rodríguez ocupa una habitación entera del Centro. Conviven en ella escultura y animación con acuarelas, dando vida a estructuras abultadas y blandas, imágenes de la carne que invitan al tacto. La anchura y la frondosidad de la ceiba —árbol que tiene un carácter especial para las religiones africanas— son la representación de un universo inclusivo, anterior a cualquier proyecto político de unidad. “Es una obra —entiende Rodríguez— que se puede leer como la búsqueda de una imagen de la sensualidad, que incluya la religión, el misterio; que se muestre como una cebolla: la primera capa es la más fácil, aporta los significados más evidentes, pero mi intención es que la gente pueda seguir destapando, y que vea mucho más allá”."

Blackness and Racism in Cuba: International Exhibitions Shows in Havana, Pittsburgh, and Johannesburg  4/12/2010 Cuban Art Newsx: "Half a century ago, the Cuban Revolution brought about immediate positive changes for Cubans of African descent, as the country undertook the task of eliminating racial discrimination at workplaces, social centers, educational institutions, and in official policy. The government implemented concrete measures to more fully integrate blacks into the island’s social and economic life, from which had they had been more or less excluded since the turn of the 20th century. But lately, debates held across the island have pointed up the contradictions in this stated policy of equality, including the harsh realities of everyday racism and the persistence of white dominance of official history."

Pumps Project."Selva en las Paredes." Centro de Cultura Contemporánea, Las Cigarreras. Alicante, Spain. Desde el 21 de diciembre.top

Selva en las Paredes

Breese Little - Cannibal/Carnival - Elio Rodriguez and Douglas Perez Castro - London, UK   May 25 to July 21, 2012top

Breese Little

2007 - University of Pittsburg - Sep 24top

2006 Havana Bienaltop

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Exhibit opening, 11/22/05

Galeria 23 y 12, 11/22/05, 5PM
Until January '06
See poster at right ==>

 

 

Curriculum Vitae  2010

Born: La Habana, 1966

EDUCATION 

1989 Higher Institute of Art (ISA), Havana, Cuba.

1984 "San Alejandro” Art Academic, Havana, Cuba.


RESIDENCIES

2010 Artist in Residency. Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. USA.

2003 Artist in Residency. El Museo Diego Rivera & Francisco Oller, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2002 Guest Professor. Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA.

Guest Artist. Ceramic Workshop. Harvard University. Boston, USA.



PERSONAL SHOWS 

2009 Ceiba Negra L´Escorxador, Elche, Alicante, Spain

2007 Remakes Frick Fine Arts Gallery. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. USA.

2006 Elio Rodríguez/Mayra Alpizar. Cervantes Institute. London, United Kingdom.

Ceiba (with artist Susana Guerrero) IX Havana Biennial. Provincial Center of Art Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

2005 Remakes Gallery 23 y 12, Havana, Cuba.

2003 Quilts & co. Open Studio, VII Havana Biennial. Casa Gaia, Teniente Rey # 157, H. Vieja, Havana, Cuba.

2001 El Macho: Made in Cuba El Museo Diego Rivera & Francisco Oller, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2000 Vogue Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, Havana, Cuba.

Elio Rodríguez UNEAC/ Nicolás Guillén Foundation, Havana, Cuba

Elio Rodríguez/René Peña Galerie Winance-Sabre, Tournai, Belgium

1999 Mulatisímas “La Casona” Gallery, FCBC, Havana, Cuba.

1997 La Gran Salsa “23 y 12” Gallery, VI Havana Biennial Havana, Cuba.

1996 Las Perlas de tu Boca Gallery Serigraphy Workshop, Havana, Cuba.

1995 Paladares Alternative Gallery “Espacio Estudio”, Havana, Cuba

Paladares Student Union Gallery, Jersey City State University, NJ, USA.

1994 Tropical Gallery House of Young Creator, V Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba.

Recent Works Arts Space Gallery, Jersey City State University, NJ, USA.

1993 Morboutopías Centre of Development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.

1991 El Macho Provincial Arts Center, Havana, Cuba.

¿Mami, qué será lo que quiere el negro? Facultad de Arte, Havana University, Havana, Cuba



COLECTIVE SHOWS 

2011    Ya se Leer. Imagen y Texto en el Arte Latinoamericano. Wifredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba.

2010    Queloides. Raza y Racismo en el Arte Cubano Contemporaneo. Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. USA.

            Gold Prints, Cuban Contemporary Prints. London Print Studio, London, United Kindom.

            Without Masks Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

            Queloides. Raza y Racismo en el Arte Cubano Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba

2009     Art Jaen 2009. International Art Fair, Jaen, Andalucia, Spain

            Genero (Trans)Genero y los Degenerados X Bienal de la Habana. Cultural Center Bertold Berth, Havana. Cuba

            Proyecto Banderas ExpoCuba, Havana, Cuba

            Alta Tension. Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2008     Arte Contemporáneo Español. Obra Gráfica Galeria Espace Mercerie. Lausana, Suiza.

            We are Porno, Si! Aglutinador Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

            Ghost Posters. 23 y 12 Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

            Terapia de Grupo. Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain.

2007     Art and Satire, Subversion: The Power of Parody. 5 Iberoamerican Visions Casa de America. Madrid, Spain.

            Christian Walter, Dos Décadas de Serigrafía. Cultural Center Caja Granada San Antón, Granada, Spain.

             AfroCuba: Works on Papers, 1968-2003. Lowe Art Museum, FL, EUA. Estampa 2007 International Print Fair, Centro de Exposiciones, Madrid, Spain.

            IVAM Electra 2007. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Valencia, Spain.

            La Mirada Perversa. Aural Gallery. Alicante, Spain.

2006     Enjoy! IX Havana Biennial. Performance and Video International Event. Salon La Tropical, Havana, Cuba.

             Estampa 2006 Internacional Print Fair Centro de Exposiciones, Madrid, España (Stand Christian Walter).

2005     !LA CUBANIDAD! Cuban Posters 1940/2004 MAK Works on Paper Room, Austria 

            AfroCuba: Works on Papers, 1968-2003 San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, L.A. / 
            Kennesaw State University, Georgia/ Indianapolis Museum of Art/ Lowe Art Museum, USA. 

2004     Cuban Posters Track 16 Gallery, Santa Mónica, LA, USA.

            Labores Domesticas Provincial Center of Arte, Pinar del Río/ Centre of Development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.

               La Escuela de Columbia Gallery “Mariano Rodríguez”, Villa Panamerican, Havana, Cuba. 

2002     Arte Contemporáneo de Cuba Latin America Memorial, Biennial of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. Brazil.

            Arte Cubano Contemporáneo Centre of Development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.

2001     III Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo Center Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba.

             La Isla Infinita Centro Cultural La Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

            Tenía que ser Negro Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, USA.

2000     Arriba la Carpa VII Bienal de la Habana (performances project), Plaza Vieja, Havana, Cuba. (curator)

            Arte Contemporánea Cubana Centro de Exposiciones Prefectura Santo Andrés, Sao Paulo, Brasil.

            Subasta de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo VII Havana Biennial, Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba.

            La Tentación Museo Nacional de Artes, Puerto Príncipe, Haití.

            International Young Art 2000 Sotheby's Tel Aviv, Israel / Sotheby's Chicago, EUA / Sotheby's Viena, Austria

1999     Cinq Artistes de Cuba Musee Ianchelevici, La Louviere, Belgium.

            La Huella Múltiple CENCREM. Havana, Cuba.

            Queloides Centre of Development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.

1998     II Salón de Arte Contemporáneo Centre of Development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.

            Arte Cubano de Fin de Siglo Baluarte de la Candelaria. Iberoamerican Festival of Cádiz, Spain.

            El Cuerpo, Poder y Carnaval en la Pintura Cubana de los 90s Afrocaribean Festival of the Institute of Culture, Veracruz, México.

1997     Ni músicos ni deportistas Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Havana, Cuba.

            A mitad del Sueño II Celaya Culture House Gallery, Guanajuato, México.

            Havana/Newark’97 Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Newark, NJ, USA. (Curator) 

            Queloides I Parte. Africa House Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

            Realidades Virtuales Cuba Papillion. VI Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba. (Curator)

1996     Havana/Newark’96 Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Newark, NJ, USA. (Curator)

            ¡Cuba! Art & Revolution Southside Gallery, Oxford. MS, USA.

            Cinque Gallery, New York, NY, USA.

            Latin American Art in the 90’s St. John’s University, Queens, NY, USA.

            Giros de tuerca Gallery Workshop of SilkScreen “René Portocarrero”, Havana, Cuba.

            I Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.

1995     El Tema Histórico en la Pintura Cubana National Art Museum, Havana, Cuba.

            La Boheme Fine Arts Gallery, Miami, FL, USA.

1994     Bratton Gallery, New York, N.Y., USA.

            II Bienal Internacional de Pintura del Caribe y Centroamérica Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic .

1992     Arte Cubano. Nuevas Tendencias, Nuevos Creadores Gallery House Golferichs, Barcelona City Hall, Spain.

            Cambio de Bola Havana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

1991     El Humor en la Plástica Joven VII Biennial del Humor, San Antonio de los Baños, Havana, Cuba.

            En sus Marcos…Listos! Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

            La Huella del Pulgar Habana Gallery, IV Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba.

            Olor a Tinta Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

            Plástica Cubana Actual IV Havana Biennial, Panamerican Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

1990     El Objeto Esculturado Centre of Development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.

               1er Salon National de Satire y Humor San Antonio de los Baños. Havana, Cuba.

1989     National Salon of Small Format Las Tunas, Cuba. 

            ¿Arte Sexo? Arts Faculty, Havana University. III Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

1988     Suave y Fresco National Museum of Arts, Havana, Cuba.

            Centro Havana Salon. Galiano Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

1987     1st Festival of Creation and Artistic Investigation, ISA, Havana, Cuba.

1986     Relevo II Havana Biennial. ISA, Havana, Cuba.



COLLECTIONS

Museo Nacional de Artes, Cuba.
Jersey City State University, USA.
Cuban Embassy, China.
Foundation AMBA, Brazil
Hainaut City Hall, Belgium.
Museo del Humor, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. 
Bratton Gallery, New York, N.Y., USA.
Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS, USA.
La Boheme Fine arts Gallery, Miami, FL, USA.
Cinque Gallery, New York, N.Y., USA. 
Center for Cuban Studies, New York, NY, USA.
Arte y Naturaleza, Madrid, Spain
Peggy Crafitz Collection, Washington DC, USA.
Chris Von Christierson Collection, London, UK.
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Collection, New York, NY, USA.



LECTURES

New York University, NYC, NY, USA. (Nov. 2010)

CUNY. Graduate Center. New York University, NYC. USA. (Nov. 2007)

Connecticut University, Hartford, Connecticut. USA. (Oct. 2007, Nov 2010)

Pittsburgh University, Pittsburgh. USA. (Oct. 2007, Nov 2010)

Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Habana, Cuba (March. 1997)

Centre of Development of Visual Arts, Havana City, Cuba (Sept. 1998)

Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (Oct. 2001)

University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA (Nov. 2001/Oct. 2002/Nov 2007)

Hunter College, New York, NY, USA (Sept. 1995)

Rutgers State University, Newark, NJ. USA. (March. 1996)

Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, USA (1995/96/97/2000/2002)

Mississippi University, Oxford, MS, USA (1998)

Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA. (Oct. 2001)

Sumei Interdisciplinary Arts Center, Newark, NJ, USA (1995/1996)

Arts University “Miguel Hernández”, Altea, Alicante, Spain. (Oct. 2005)

Elio in Buffalotop

El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera
cordially invites you to attend
the opening reception for

ELIO RODRIGUEZ
"EL MACHO: MADE IN CUBA"

May 3, 2002 from 8pm-10pm at El Museo
Exhibited through May 31, 2002
tuesday thru Saturday 12-5pm
8849362/8849693
www.elmuseobuffalo.org


Links/Enlaces

ARTSlanT
www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/148110-elio-rodriguez-valdes

www.ecured.cu/index.php/Elio_Rodr%C3%ADguez_Vald%C3%A9s

Matress Factory
www.mattress.org/archive/index.php/Detail/entities/400

532gallery.com/artists/elio-rodriguez


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