1. What is your medium and what do you consider to be your style?
Rodez - First I have to say that my medium depends on which style or series I am working on at the time. Since I work with nine different bodies of work, the medium can change, range or even be mixed. But generally, I like to work with acrylics only because it dries fast and I like to work fast. Second, with nine different bodies of work, which I like to call my different personalities, each series encompasses a different style. The differences between the series are that each consists of a specific style. For example: figurative, abstract, expressionistic, impressionistic, surreal and even pop. I also have some conceptual pieces, as well as installations. And just for the purpose of exploring and experimenting I have also dabbled with batik, ceramics, clay molding, as well as monoprinting. I like to think that I am a well rounded artist and that I do not close doors on any learning opportunity when it comes my way. It's like having all these different artists living inside of me simultaneously where each one takes the lead when they need to express themselves. It is a very liberating experience not to have to paint in just one style simply because that is what is expected of you as an artist in the art world. I can express myself on multiple levels in spite of that expectation. Being true to myself has offered many rewards and worked very well for me.
2. What is your inspiration?
Rodez - The very act of creating something is nothing short of a miracle for me. Being able to create something where there was once a blank canvas or nothing at all is an act of faith and an inspiration for me to continue to seek and find opportunities to leave my mark on what was once a white piece of canvas that will eventually lead us into another dimension once completed and viewed. It is sort of a spiritual ritual where the mind, body and soul all connect in a very sensual, euphoric and harmonious way to create one being and give birth to the art itself. It is a wonderful place to be in and one that I constantly long for. Another thing that inspires me is life itself, the everyday simplicities and experiences such as family, friends (who are the extended family you choose), places you go, aromas and scents, tastes, all the visual aspects of life, people you meet along the way, our culture and our cultural differences. All this information rolled up into one experience has so much subject matter to offer an artist. True art in my opinion is life in motion. The good, the bad, it all forms a part of what makes us whole. Besides that, there is no escaping it whether you like it or not and it is there for a reason, to experience, learn from, evolve and move on to the next life. For me it is a sense of feeling complete, experiencing every sensation and not turning away from any experience that life brings your way. Living in the present and in the moment.
3. When did you begin to paint?
Rodez - As a child I was always drawn to the arts. Everything that was inclusive of art fascinated me: Dance, Music, Theater, Film, Writing, Painting, Fashion, everything. My family was always very musically inclined but painting was always the one art that I always leaned to the most. For me it was and is the ultimate expression that I felt and knew would allow me to continue down its path no matter how old I got. I was looking long range even back then and knew that art was the key and an important element in my life. There are memories of my grandfather's home and terrace back in Havana, Cuba when I was just one to two years old that were engraved into the archives of my mind at a level of precision that would stun any adult. I was always a very visual person, so as early as the age of 13 and even before then, I began to sketch and later paint at an already mature level. I instinctively knew that both shadow and light existed and created depth within a painting simply by looking at the subject before me. I knew not just how to look but also how to see and absorb as well. There are some oil paintings of mine that are out there somewhere painted back when I was a mere 14 years old. I often wonder if they still exist and wish I could lay my eyes upon them now once again. I remember my parents would always comment on how beautifully I could sketch or paint but also followed that comment with ones like, "But you should get a job like an architect or something that will help you pay the bills while enjoying art as a hobby." I know that deep down in their hearts they meant well. At the end of the day, here I am a full-time artist because it was simply in my nature to be just that, an artist. Now-a-days when I paint I ignore all rules for things such as color, light, shadow, depth, perspective, proportion and simply allow for the expression itself to lead the way. To quote something Picasso once said, "It took me forty years to learn to paint like a child." You are what you are no matter what sort of camouflage you want to wear. This is why I believe it is so important to do what you love in life. Because sooner or later you will eventually want to go there no matter what direction you have chosen to take in life. You will eventually come back to your first true love. Why not do it now and while you can? And it doesn't serve you well to do things simply to meet the expectations of others; you must follow your own lead and be happy with the decisions you have made in life too in order to experience it to the fullest.
4. What important projects are you currently working on?
Rodez - Well, I am currently working on an exhibition that will be held at the University of Miami's Casa Bacardi Museum on May 21, 2009 that will be including works by some of the most important Cuban Masters of our times, some of whom have recently passed away. I am also working on an incredible project with some of the survivors of Eastern Flight 401 that crashed into the Everglades on December 29, 1972 in an effort to raise awareness and funds and help them build a monument to honor both the passengers that lost their lives as well as the survivors of this flight. This monument will also be symbolic and informative about the importance of CRM (Cockpit Research Management) to today's aviation industry worldwide. CRM serves to make our flying experience a safer one. Then I have four exhibitions lined up for Spain within this year where I have my surreal body of work entitled, The Dream Series. This work is very dark in nature and is derived from the surreal world of nightmares. These pieces have never been exhibited here in the United States. They are exhibited mainly in Europe for the time being and have been very well received there. I find nightmares to be quite interesting and full of subconscious information to dig into. The most important of these four exhibitions in Spain is one scheduled for October during their Cava (Champagne) festival in the small town of Sant Sadurni, considered Spain's wine country, where they will be holding two solo exhibitions simultaneously with my works. People drive and fly in from all over Europe for their Cava Festival and I will be right smack in the middle of that. Que viva España! One exhibition will be in a gallery called Galeria Paqui Delgado while the other in an 11th century, medieval, four-story cathedral where they have cava tastings as well as contemporary art exhibitions. Then in January 2010 I will be exhibiting at the Yuma Fine Arts Center in Yuma, Arizona. I have many more plans but beyond all this, but the most important thing is that I am doing what I love and love what I am doing.
5. Anything else you want to focus on?
Rodez - While I have every intention of continuing to find new exhibition opportunities here in the United States, I am also focusing more on the international art market. I already have some representation in Spain and have made some important contacts for representation in other parts of the world such as Europe, Africa, Japan and others. It is my intention to focus on getting my work to circle the globe, for with it, so will I. My plan is to leave my children behind, create an art that will transcend the limitations of time and experience the world as much as I possibly can while on this journey we call life. My art work serves as the time machine and vortex that will transport me. I am traveling with my art and not the other way around.