May 26, 2012 ~ 4pm to 6pm
Presenting Pedro Rodriguez, Visual Artist
Join us for lively evening with Pedro Rodriguez in this exhibition of original paintings inspired by Greek mythology, Christian iconography, and the unconscious mind. Pedro serenades with guitar and singing when inspired, inviting the audience members in and using experiential methods to unveil the healing and clarity he has discovered through working with archetypal riddles, dreams, and intuitive painting.
Born and raised in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Pedro Rodriguez began painting while living on the New Jersey Shore, following his service in the Army. He started exhibiting his work while attending the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Master’s Degrees in Art Education, Spanish, and Art Therapy. After moving with his family to South Carolina, Rodriguez continued to participate in exhibitions, including the Statements of Heritage Exhibition (1991) and the Triennial Exhibition (1992), both at the South Carolina State Museum, and the Artists Who Teach Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum (1992). Rodriguez also displayed his work in the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition, the Coastal Carolina Fair, the North Charleston Arts Festival, the City Gallery at Dock Street Theatre, and the Gaillard Auditorium.
Pedro continued to paint throughout the late nineties in the midst of teaching and raising three children, but took a hiatus from exhibiting for many years. He has recently renewed efforts to exhibit through local venues and events, most notably the North Charleston Arts Festival, the MOJA Juried Exhibition, and a solo show at The Saul Alexander Gallery at the Charleston County Main Library in 2008. He has several paintings on display at Runaway Bay in North Charleston, a restaurant that features local artists’ work.
He has received various grants and awards for his artwork, including two grants from the Trident Community Foundation, now known as the Community Foundation, and the Lowcountry Quarterly Art Grant Program. He has taught Art or Spanish in the Charleston County School District for over twenty years and is currenty the art teacher at Garrett Academy of Technology. To see more of Pedro’s work, visit www.pedrojuanrodriguez.com.