The Librarian, Oil on Canvas, 9 x12 inches , 2018

This week we welcome Estefania Velez Rodriguez. Rodriguez was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. As a bilingual individual, she uses the symbolic language of painting as a bridge between many cultures and spaces. 

Acumulando Luz, oil paint, spray paint, raw pigment on canvas, 50 x 46 inches, 2021

Rodriguez’s work often uses abstracted landscapes as well as non-objective visual spaces that are somewhat open field and bright. Her landscapes meander and distort physical spaces like mazes which are meant to be misleading. 

Crypto/Crypt, oil paint and raw pigments on canvas, 36 x 50 inches, 2022

Exploring chemical reactions within painting, Rodriguez utilizes a variety of materials including raw pigments, spray materials, oil mediums and acrylic polymers. Her paintings employ ruptured visual spaces to open the viewer’s perception to fleeting spaces, times and emotional presence. 

Two Windows Two Mountains, oil paint, spray paint and raw pigment on canvas, 61 x 67 inches, 2021

Rodriguez currently teaches painting at Pratt Institute with a focus on materials and methods. 

See more of Rodriguez’s work on her website and Instagram page.

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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