George Rodez was born in Manhattan, New York on March 20, 1957. Soon after, because of a family illness, he was sent to Havana, Cuba to live with his grandparents and was reunited with his parents in 1960. And although he enjoys traveling around the world, he is proud to call Miami, Florida his home.

Although he began his career as a mechanical engineer, art has been his passion since the age of thirteen. He now dedicates himself solely to painting and since 1992 has displayed much of his work throughout various museums and galleries nationally and internationally. In 2005, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs awarded Rodez an Artist Enhancement grant to promote his art internationally. As a result, Rodez has most recently exhibited in: Florence, Italy; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and in Spain four times, while participating in international exhibitions throughout the United States.

Rodez is a self-taught artist whose strength is his diversity, allowing himself the freedom to create multiple bodies of work, each vastly different from the other. In his experiences with his mother's mental illness, including multiple personalities, Rodez observed that each personality had a different strength and function, each serving a unique purpose. Rodez has taken that lesson and incorporated it into his art, with each body of work providing him different experiences and allowing all his personalities to show through. Rodez insists that an artist must explore the infinite possibilities with which he is presented, and is compelled to use his artistic creativity to the maximum potential, never giving in to stagnation. He believes that as human beings, we are all very complex in our own unique way and we should share with others our many characteristics and emotions. He states that to live life is to feel all of these emotions and we should use them as tools to help us live a fuller, richer and more complete life. Rodez lives through his paintings in this very same fashion.

Rodez enjoys and believes in participating to help the community by making art contributions to raise money for charitable organizations. On November 21, 2006, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen recognized Rodez and stated "The dedication shown to the arts and your involvement in fund raising for charitable organizations through your generous art contributions is truly commendable."

Bruce C. Kaplan, former Miami-Dade County Commissioner, awarded Rodez with a certificate of appreciation for his participation with and coordination of an Exhibition exploring the Afro-Cuban culture entitled "De Africa A Cuba, Raices De Un Pueblo" and "Cuba Es Así," and for his many contributions to the community.

Some of the organizations he has contributed to recently include the American Red Cross, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes, League Against Cancer, Amigos for Kids, Women's Emergency Network, and the list goes on with over 150 organizations having benefited from Rodez's contributions.


 

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