Sunti World Art Gallery is featuring the paintings of Alfredo Rodriguez during the month of June.
For Alfredo Rodríguez, painting was as much a part of his childhood development as learning to walk and speak. Some of his earliest memories are of illustrating classroom assignments and painting portraits of family members with one of his earliest gifts, a set of watercolors from his mother at the age of six. Born and raised in México in a family of nine children, Rodriquez used his talent to supplement his family’s income needs.
A professional artist since 1968, Alfredo Rodríguez continues to enjoy an international response by private and corporate art collectors as well as wide critical acclaim. As he paints, Rodriguez captures the dignity of the human spirit, elevated by the majestic beauty of their surroundings. His rich and vivid images of mountains, deserts, and Indian villages are admired wherever they are displayed, but it is his portrayal of the inhabitants of the land that provides the focal point of his work. Having come a long way from such humble beginnings, critics believe that his experience and masterful treatment of the American West is largely responsible for his success.
Rodriguez’s work has been exhibited at numerous noteworthy invitational art shows around the country, including the “Masters of the American West” at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California, where his work belongs to the private collections of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Autry. As well, the Favell Museum of Western Art in Klamath Falls, Oregon honored Rodriguez with the 1991 Artist of the Year Award, and his work is on permanent display in the museum’s collection. His paintings also belong to the collections of The Leanin’ Tree Museum in Colorado, the Booth Museum in Georgia, and the private collections of Miss Connie Stevens, Mrs. Pilar Wayne, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Eubanks.
Now living in California and winning top awards from several of the most prestigious organizations, Rodríguez’ work is also included in the books, Western Painting Today, by Royal B. Hassick and Contemporary Western Artist, by Peggy and Harold Samuels. In addition, his works have also been used to illustrate Bobbie Kalman’s textbooks, Nations of the Plains, Nations of the Southwest, Native Homes, Life in a Plains Camp, and The Life of the Navajo. Rodriguez also has been featured in magazines such as Art of the West, InformArt, Western Horseman, and International Fine Art Collector.