Born in Villa Clara, Cuba, Antuan Rodriguez is a conceptual artist and sculptor whose installations have exhibited recently at MOCA Miami, Freedom Tower Museum of Art & Design, and Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo. Rodriguez graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the Universidad Felix Varela in Cuba, a Masters in Bronze Casting under the direction of sculptor Josep Castell in Perpignan, France, and a Masters in Iron and Resin at the Atelier D’Art Ros Mari in Valencia, Spain.
One of the artist’s most ambitious projects, which took place during Art Basel Miami, was Base Paint, Epic (2010), a monumental humanitarian effort through which Caribbean artists decorated tents used as classrooms for children who were victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Subsequent projects have been assessed by critics and curators such as Paco Barragan (Spain), Noel Smith (USA), Dennys Matos (Cuba), Jorge Luis Gutierrez (USA-Venezuela), and Orlando Britto Jinorio (Spain) among others.
Rodriguez’s work has been studied, written about, and exhibited extensively throughout the world. Coming from an alienated country (Cuba), and later living as an outsider in historical Europe and pragmatic USA, his “up-rootedness” has contributed to the building of a more independent and nonpartisan retelling of reality and representation, using symbols commonly found in communication and sports. Here, his otherness becomes an asset, adding vitality and objectification to devices of power. His work sparks political discourse, exchanges ideas and promotes analytical thinking about the ways in which we are representatives of our culture.