About

Omar Rodriguez-Graham (1978, México) lives and works in Mexico City. His work has been shown both individually and collectively in México, the United States, Europe and South America. His recent solo shows include: Rafagas, Wu Galería (Peru, 2015), Eternal Return, Galería Arróniz (México, 2014), Mise en Abyme, Galería Nuevo Ochenta (Colombia, 2013), Pintura Construida, Galería Libertad (Mexico, 2012) and Variaciones Sobre un Tema (Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, 2011). His work has been included in museum shows such as: El Hombre al Desnudo (The Male in the Nude) at the National Museum of Art (Mexico, 2014) the 15th Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial at the Tamayo Museum (Mexico, 2012) and Bella y Terca (Beautiful and Stubborn) at the Museum of Modern Art (Mexico, 2010), among others.

Rodriguez-Graham graduated with a BA from Drew University in Madison, N.J., U.S.A. in 2003 and received his MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, P.A., U.S.A. in 2005. He has twice been a recipient of FONCA’s Beca de Jovenes Creadores fellowship. Among the residencies he has atended are The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013) and The Banff Centre (2010). He will be a resident at Casa Wabi in 2017.

His work is held in private and public collections in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, México, Peru, Singapur, the United States of America and Venezuela among which are included La Colección Jumex, México, Museo de Arte Moderno, México, Sayago & Pardon, U.S.A, Jorge Pérez, U.S.A..

Rodriguez-Graham’s work is the result of an ongoing exploration of painting’s inherent language; hoping to find the meeting point between the recognizable and the abstract. His work begins with the use of recognizable images as an armature upon which to place marks: traces of the event of painting. Together these marks construct a figure that acts not as a replacement or stand-in of this initial figuration, but as a memory. A amalgamation between the translation of a recollection and the construction of something new.
Within his recent work, Rodriguez-Graham has tackled a group of paintings based on physical constructions; Sculptures that present a purely painterly experience. Which upon being re-presented upon a canvas, suggesting a new reality that presents a coexistence between the recognizable and the abstract.


Education

Tyler School of Art, M.F.A. in Painting, 2005
Drew University, B.A. in Visual Arts, 2003

Selected One Person Exhibitions

2017 Drew University, Madison, U.S.A.  (Upcoming)
2017 Painting After, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México, México
2016 Anamnesis, Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Querétaro, México
2016 El Manto, Galería Macca, Cagliari, Italy
2016 Anamnesis, Casa del Lago, México, México
2015 Ráfagas, Wu Galería, Lima, Peru
2014 Eternal Return, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México, México
2013 Mise en Abyme, Nueveochenta, Bogota, Colombia
2012 Pintura Construida, Galería Libertad, Querétaro, México
2011  Variaciones Sobre un Tema, Arroniz Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México, México
2008 Reposo, Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Querétaro, México
2008 La Muerte Reina Bella y Melancólica, Galería Hilario Galguera, Ciudad de México, México

 

SELECTED Group EXHIBITIONS

2015 El futuro no está escrito / The Future is Unwritten, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Florence, Italy
2015 Pararrayos, Embajada de Mexico en Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2014 El Hombre al Desnudo, Dimensiones de la masculinidad a partir de 1800, Museo Nacional de Arte, Ciudad de México, México
2013 Rudimentum, Christinger De Mayo, Zurich, Switzerland
2013 After the Object, Y Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2012 XV Bienal de Pintura Rufino Tamayo, Museo Tamayo, Ciudad de México, México
2012 Sugar and Wood: New Paintings by Anna Membrino and Omar Rodriguez-Graham, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, U.S.A.
2012 Espacios Quebrantados, Arroniz Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México, México
2010 Bella y Terca, Nueve Argumentos Sobre la Pintura, Museo de Arte Moderno, México City
2009 There are false problems more than there are false solutions more than there are false…, Proyectos Monclova, Monterrey, México
2009 IMPERIVM Capitulo I: Que Viva México!, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Spinerei, Leipzig, Germany
2008 Bienal De Queretaro, Julio Castillo, Galería Libertad, Querétaro, México
2008 Bienal Pedro Coronel, Museo Pedro Coronel, Zacatecas, México
2008 Salta La Liebre, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, Ciudad de México, México

 

SELECTED Bibliography

Luciano Benetton Collection (Compiler), Mexico. The future is unwritten. Contemporary artists from Mexico, Fabrica 2015. Print
Beers, Kurt (Compiler), 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson 2014, p. 202-203. Print
El Hombre al Desnudo, Dimensiones de la masculinidad a partir de 1800, Museo Nacional de Arte, 2014, Print
Ostrander, Tobias (Compiler), Castillo, Erik and Perez, Daniela: Omar Rodriguez-Graham, Arroniz 2012. Print

 

Public Colections

La Colección Jumex, México
Museo de Arte Moderno, México
S.H.C.P., México
SPACE Collection, U.S.A.
Jorge Perez, U.S.A.
Fondazione Luciano Benetton Studi Ricerche, Italia

 

Awards / Residencies

2006 FONCA Beca Jóvenes Creadores 2006-2007, México
2009 The Banff Centre , Banff, Canada
2013  FONCA Beca Jóvenes Creadores 2013-2014, México
2013 The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, U.S.A.
2017  Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, México (Upcoming)