Doris Rodriguez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She attended The Altos de Chavon School of Design and then earned a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design, and a Masters in Arts Education from Florida International University.
Doris lived in New York City for the early part of her career before moving to Miami. She has been an artist in residence at the Art Center / South Florida, USA and at the Art Hub in Abu Dabhi. You can visit her studio at The Bakehouse Art Complex, suite 25.
Everyday urban scenes and moments in the life of people is the main subject of my work. I am concerned with issues relating to the urban experience, personal and social intimacy, economical and social hierarchy, isolation, identity and how politics and media affect our perception of ourselves and each other.
Stark economic and social differences exist throughout the world. I present this disparity with paintings, drawings, and collages of children within a backdrop of decorative patterns often found on wallpapers, scarves and other objects associated with very affluent culture. I use maps and images of international cities emphasizing that this economic and social hierarchy exist throughout the world.
I use the human figure as a focal point. Painting the subject out of their original context, elevating the person from the reality in which they live in to another dimension. I combine different materials and techniques which provide metaphor and contrast to the real world environment of the figure. The narratives that flow through the series are drawn from my subjects, social and news media, and my personal life experiences.
More than show my subjects as I see them, I seek to portrait them with dignity, as human beings trying to do their best to make their way in the world. I hope to be able to show the beauty, the humanity, of all the children and families I encounter. More than this, I strive to depict them with compassion and empathy.
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The Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32nd Street Miami FL 33127
Suite # 25