Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Enrique Rodriguez.
Adam Enrique, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am 29 years old. I am a visual artist from Indio, CA. I make art without boundaries. From a really early age, I have always had an interest in art. It first came as a natural manual craft to pass the time, but as I got older, I developed a passion for it, drawing and painting in particular.
It wasn’t until I had my first art class during senior of high school, I met a teacher who pushed me to pursue my work deeper and to apply for art scholarships to attend art school. I won “Best in Show” at a juried exhibition in 2008 at Palm Springs Art Museum during senior year of high school, later being awarded a scholarship to attend Laguna College of Art and Design. My work was later purchased by daughter-in-law of mega collectors Eli and Edythe Broad, which led me to further my art professionally. I was inspired by the works of Picasso, Dali, Pollock and Van Gogh, and many more when working as a gallery assistant at the renowned Heather James Fine Art gallery in Palm Desert. In 2014, I began to fully dedicate myself to being an artist and moved up to San Francisco, where I got involved with event production and performance painting live at Music festivals.
Since 2016, I have created over 30 large scale murals at commercial and private residences and music festivals throughout California. I believe that giving back to your community should be the foremost priority for every artist and I view art as a tool for creating change. My work has been featured in social activism exhibitions such as “Into Action” and “We Rise” hosted by the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health. My work focuses on reflecting the many aspects of the human condition, portrayed through the deconstruction of the self-portrait. This November, I am proud to be presenting my 4th solo exhibition, “NOT EVERYTHING IS BLACK + WHITE” hosted by As We Dwell Gallery in Los Angeles on November 14, 2019.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The journey as an artist is something that comes with many challenges and surprises along the way. Through many trials, I have learned to transform failures into ways to push myself to the next level of my career and I have taught myself, through failure, to never give up.
Please tell us more about your art.
I am in the business of making art with the intention to leave lasting impact in the lives of others and to inspire people for many generations to come. I view art as a representation and reflection of our lives as human beings. My work is a contrast of classical techniques and abstraction, centralized around identity, ego and the human psyche. I want my work to serve as a portrait of all humanity, so the viewer can see their own reflection in my paintings.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The strongest characteristic I’ve built in paving my own road to success has been my work ethic. Taking action and being proactive in making art every day has been a major factor in how far I have come as an artist and where I am continuing to grow. I also believe that being able to communicate my work and have confidence in what I do is also a crucial key to unlocking your success as an artist.
- Website: www.adamrodriguezfineart.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @adamenriquerodriguez
1st image – Jill Sutherland Photography