Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Wingate Studio is pleased to announce six new etchings by San Antonio-based artist Daniel Rios Rodriguez: Mim’s, South Parish, Three Stones, Asa Nisi Masa, Snake Theory and PNT. Created in summer of 2017 during his first collaboration with Wingate Studio, each work is a single plate etching demonstrative of the artist’s agility and predilection for drawing. In the studio the artist moved between plates and processes with ease, working on multiple plates simultaneously and making use of many of the tools and techniques available to him. Beginning with sugar lift and soft ground, the artist was able to achieve additional desired effects with spit bite, burnishing, hard ground, dry point, and electric engraving. The plates for the four larger etchings are oval, the shape of many of the artist’s paintings.
While less abstract than some of his paintings, these etchings evoke a totemic and shrine-like quality emblematic of his work. The artist has developed a personal mythology whose symbols emerge time and again, both as visual descriptions (a double eye as an offering to an inamorata, a flower with an exaggerated bulbous center) and incarnate (marbles, rope, feathers). As Roberta Smith wrote in a New York Times Review, his works “are like present-day icons devoted to nature and abstraction that also take tips from the early modernists who merged them. Rotating among plant forms, glimpses of outer space and schematic self-portraits, they are indebted to Marsden Hartley’s robust brushwork and rich palette, Forrest Bess’s visionary quirkiness and Arthur Dove’s collage-assemblages.”
In the studio
Daniel Rios Rodriguez (b. 1978, Killeen, TX) is known for his small, highly detailed and thickly impastoed sculptural paintings that often feature frames made of rope or driftwood with found objects embedded in their surfaces. The works serve as memento mori, autobiographical scenes, and shrines to the his surrounding natural world. His intimately-scaled, unconventional paintings have been compared to the collages of Picasso, Paul Klee, and the early work of Jean Dubuffet. He has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art, and has had recent solo shows at Cooper Cole (Toronto, Canada), Nicelle Beauchene (New York, NY), Lulu (Mexico City, Mexico), Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, TX), and has been included in recent group exhibitions at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (Houston, TX), Michael Benevento (Los Angeles, CA), Kerlin Gallery (Dublin, Ireland), Barbara Seiler Galerie (Zurich, Switzerland), and Galeria Fortes D’aloia & Gabriel (Sao Paulo, Brasil). Rios Rodriguez received his MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art, is represented by Nicelle Beauchene in New York City, and lives and works in San Antonio, TX .