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At NY’s High School of Art & Design I aspired at being a comic-book artist. By graduation, I bought a box of oil paints that changed my life for good, in time jumping off the cliff of a comfort zone with a hand glider of my own invention sans regret.

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Ritchard Rodriguez was born and raised in New York City, studied art at NY’s School of Visual Arts under mentors Gilbert L. Stone and Jonathan Borofsky, migrated once west to Aspen Colorado for two years where he was invited to exhibit for the very first time (at its Jerome Gallery), then east to Berlin, Hamburg and Paris for a duration of eight years. There he was represented by art dealers Michel Ozenne in Paris and Jan de Maere in Brussels who, aside from granting him a solo show in Paris’ first arrondissement, would also include him in the FIAC at the Grand Palais and the Auction House Elkaim, L’Isle-Adam.

“I was a realist for a good fifteen years, trained in the ways of the old masters by the late Gilbert Stone, primarily seduced by the Dutch. Before the eight years that I would spend in Europe I met Lisa de Kooning, friend of a friend’s friend, so became aware of her father, yet another Dutch artist. In fact, de Kooning, Kline and Joan Mitchell eventually fed my emancipation from the restrictions of academic realism, and in time I jumped off the cliff of a comfort zone with a hand glider of my own invention without regrets.”

During the years spent in France the paint took over as Rodriguez discovered freedom within his own abstraction, substituting figures with strokes or combinations of strokes, exploring the linen he faced with a preferable honesty, “painting from the heart and guts”. He made NY his home and work place once again, though likewise taking his art materials to tropical Brazil for many winters to come. The work segued as a result from an industrial edge that included collage and photography along with his oils, to that of pure abstractions, color and light.

Rodriguez continues to exhibit internationally, his paintings collected throughout three continents, even enjoying the success of being presented among ten other artists who participated in Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s annual auction to raise funds for her charity, Fight AIDS Monaco. “His two paintings were bought by a Monegasque art collector on 1st December 2007 at the auction in Monte Carlo in the presence of the Princess and her brother, Prince Albert II. Ritchard has a very particular and unique approach toward the canvas while painting. Each of his work is an emotional story that belongs to his heart and echoes ours.” — Marie-Laetitia Lesaffre (curator).

“When I entered NY’s High School of Art & Design I aspired at being a comic-book artist upon graduation. By the time of my final term there, I bought a box of oil paints that changed my life for good.” 2014 commemorated 40 years of painting in oils with his NY exhibition, ‘The Keys of Life’.

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PAST EXHIBITIONS
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 
2018
Mingus’ Cumbia I & II, and other Recent Work, RINCK, Paris
 
2014
Celebrating 40 Years of Painting: The Keys of Life, Atelier Interior Design Gallery, NYDC, NYC
  
2012
Privacy and other Recent Works, Poltrona Frau, NYC
 
2010
No Regrets, Atelier Interior Design Gallery, NYDC, NYC
  
2007
Comfort / Calins and other Recent Works, ArtSee Gallery, NYC, curated by Delah Mckay 
The Dream Stelae, Earth2Mars Gallery, NYC
 
2004
Courage, Nexus Projects Gallery, NYC 
 
2000
The Inauguration of Orion the Hunter, Caliban, NYC, curated by Les Barany 
Ritchard Rodriguez, Sterling Sound Gallery, NYC
  
1997
Heroines & Villainesses, Part I and II, Atelier International Gallery, NYC, curated by Carole Jones
 
1993
Hic Et Ubique, Lavignes-Bastille 5, Paris
 
1991
The Clash of Erotic & Industrial Rhythms, La Mama La Galleria, NYC
 
1987
Crimes du coeur, Théatre de la Potiniere, Paris
 
1984
Ritchard Rodriguez, Galerie Michel Ozenne, Paris
 
1982
Unsere Frau, Galerie Continental, West Berlin 
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2016
Saramago (for Jose) and Recent Works, MB-XL Galerie, Brussels, curated by Paloma de Boismorel
ArtExpo NYC 2016, represented by AVA Galleria
 
2015
Ritchard Rodriguez, Recent Works, Colorida Gallery, Lisbon 
 
2014
ArtExpo NYC 2014, represented by AVA Galleria
 
2013
Curate NYC 2013, The Durst Organization & chashama, Condé Nast, NYC, curated by Janusz Jaworski
Tria Summer Cocktail VII, Tria Gallery in Chelsea, NYC 
East Village All Stars, Dorian Grey Gallery, NYC, curated by Christopher Pusey
 
2011
Paintings and Photography, Mantis Collective Gallery, Harrisburg, PA, curated by Andrew Guth & Tara Chickey
  
2009
A Summer Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Sutton Art Gallery, NYC, curated by Enrique Cubillas
 
2008
Latin American Art Show, NYC, curated by Angela Royo Serpa
 
2007
Auction Sale of Contemporary Artwork, La Maison de Vie FAM, Monaco, curated by M-L Lesaffre
 
2004
Kingdom of Fear, The Puffin Room Gallery, NYC, curated by Carl Rosenstein 
Nude Portraits, Barthelemy / Salomon Gallery, NYC
 
2003
Pier Show 11, The Brooklyn Painters Show & The Solo Works Show, BWAC, NYC 
 
2002
Paradigms Lost: Art, Ambiguity & The Decoding of The Unforeseen, The New Yorker Gallery, NYC
 
1999
To Honor Don Pullen: From Gospel to the Globe, The Jazz Gallery, NYC, curated by Dale Fitzgerald
 
1998
Vision 21, La Mama La Galleria Artists, The Tunnel, NYC, Curated by Leeza Ahmady
 
1997
Styles & Aesthetics VIII, La Mama La Galleria, NYC, Curated by Lawry Smith
Grace of Great Things II, Atelier International Gallery, NYC, Curated by Carole Jones
 

1996

Three Rivers Arts Festival, Juried Visual Arts Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, curated by Dan Cameron
 
1992
Spare Parts, Marine Midland Bank, NYC, curated by Peggy Hadden
Article 2, Sec. 4; Art at the Polls, Limner Gallery & Brecht Forum, NYC, curated by Kevin O’Neill
 
1991
Patterns & Repetitions, Ward-Nasse Gallery, NYC, curated by Margot Norton & Rob Curcio
 
1985
Auction Sale ‘Les Peintres au XX° Siècle’, Auction House Elkaim, L’Isle-Adam, curated by Michel Ozenne
 
1984
FIAC ’84
, Galerie Jan de Maere, Grand Palais, Paris, curated by Jan de Maere & Michel Ozenne
 
1977
Annual Roaring Fork Valley Exhibition, Jerome Gallery, Aspen, CO
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