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Alfredo Rodriguez

 (born 1954)
Alfredo Rodriguez is active/lives in California / Mexico.  Alfredo Rodriguez is known for super real western figure-genre painting, Native Americans.

Alfredo Rodriguez

Biography from the Archives of askART

A member of the American Indian and Cowboy Artists Association, Alfredo Rodriguez established a studio in Corona, California. His rich and vivid colors depict scenes of the inhabitants of the American West: Indians, Mountain Men, Cowboys, nestled in the mountains, deserts, and Indian villages.

Painting has always been a part of Alfredo Rodriguez' life. He was born in the small Mexican town of Tepic, Nayarit, which is located in the heart of Mexico and very close to the Huichole Indian reservation. He was raised into a family of nine children, and the first gift he can recall was a gift of watercolors from his mother. Some of his earliest memories are of illustrating classroom assignments and painting portraits of family members, he used his talent to supplement his family's income needs.

In 1968, an American art dealer discovered Alfredo's art and commissioned him to paint American Indians. The paintings were highly successful and in 1973 Alfredo moved to North America. He has been painting American Indians and Mountain Men ever since. Alfredo considers himself a traditional artist and describes his style of painting as Classical Realism with a bit of Impressionism.

Now living in California and winning awards from several organizations, Rodriguez' work is also included in the books Western painting Today by Royal B. Hassick and Contemporary Western Artists by Peggy and Harold Samuels. Alfredo also has been featured in magazines such as Art of the West, Informart, Western Horseman and International Fine Art Collector.

Alfredo currently exhibits at several important invitational art shows, including "Masters of the American West" at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California.

Alfredo lives with his wife Cheryl and three daughters in Corona, California.


Biography from Trailside Galleries
Alfredo Rodriguez, b. 1954, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico

For Alfredo Rodriguez, painting was as much a part of childhood development as learning to walk or 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 Mexico in a family of nine children, Alfredo used his God-given talent to supplement his family's income needs.

His visits to the Indian Reservations in Mexico and watching American Western movies developed a deep interest in portraying the American West of the 1800's in his work. His subjects include the Cowboy, Navajo and Plains Indians, Mountain Men, Prairie and Pioneer Settlers and Miners from the California and Colorado Gold Rush.

Rodriguez has lived in California since 1975, but continues to travel regularly to Indian Reservations and locations around the country researching, studying and painting studies for his major pieces.

• Workshops with Master Artist Santiago Rosas in Mexico

Selected Exhibitions
• Pearce Museum, "A New Look at the West" Corsicana, TX, September, 2013
• Autry National Center, American Indian & Cowboy Artist of America (AICA at the Autry), Los Angeles, CA, 1997
• Western Art Museum, Western Art Festival, San Dimas, CA, 1990/1996
• Favel Museum, Western Art Exhibition, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 1991
• George Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ, George Phippen Memorial Show, 1975
• Museo de Arte Histórico, Tepic, Nayarit, México, 1968

Selected Press
Western Art Collector, Alfredo Rodriguez, "Pioneer Spirit", April, 2014
Western Art Collector, Alfredo Rodriguez, "Western Narratives", April, 2013
Western Art Collector, Alfredo Rodriguez, "Sharing the Light", April, 2012
Western Art Collector, Alfredo Rodriguez "Westward Journey", April, 2011
Western Art Collector, Alfredo Rodriguez, "In Search of Gold", April, 2010
• Western Art Collector, Alfredo Rodriguez, "A Life in Color", April, 2009
Art of the West, Cover, Vicki Stavig, "Great Expectations", 2004
• Informart, Cover, Peggy Kinstler, "Alfredo Rodriguez Paints the World around Him", 2002
Art of the West, Vicki Stavig, "Let the River Flow", 1995
Wild West, John G. Neihardt, "The American Indian in Art",1995
Art of the West, Vicki Stavig, "At Work with Alfredo Rodriguez",1993
International Fine Art Collector, Celeste Hollister Jones,"... Lest the Old Ways Be Forgotten", 1992
Western Horseman, Chan Bergen, "Gallery",1989
Art of the West, Vicki Stavig, "Sharing His Fascination with the Human Face",1988

Selected Publications
• Heritage Gallery, George Pendleton, Alfredo Rodriguez, A Life in Color, 2007
• Bobbie Kalman, Native North American: Wisdom and Gifts, Crabtree Publishing Co., 2006
• Amanda Bishop, Life of the Navajo, Crabtree Publishing Co., 2004
• Amanda Bishop, Nations of the Southwest, Crabtree, Publishing, Co., 2003
• Bobbie Kalman, Life in a Plains Camp, Crabtree Publishing, Co., 2001
• Bobbie Kalman, Nations of the Plains, Crabtree Publishing Co., 2001
• Bobbie Kalman, Native Homes, Crabtree Publishing Co., 2001
• Harold and Peggy Samuels, Contemporary Western Artist, p. 448., Houston TX, 1982
• Royal B. Hassrick, Western Painting Today, New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1975

• Pearce Museum, "A New Look at the West", Artist's Choice Award, Corsicana, TX , 2013
• Autry National Center, "American Indian & Cowboy Artists of America, (AICA at the AUTRY), People's Choice Award, Los Angeles, CA, 1997
• San Dimas Art Festival, American Indian & Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal Drawing & Festival Choice Award, San Dimas, CA, 1994
• Favell Museum, Museum's Art Festival, Gold Medal and Artist of the Year Award, Klamath Falls, OR

Selected Collections
• Booth Western Art Museum
• Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art
• Favell Museum
• Heritage of the Americas Museum
• Pearce Western Art Museum
• Mrs. Jackie Autry
• Mrs. Connie Stevens
• Mr. Bob Eubanks
• Mrs. Pilar Wayne

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About  Alfredo Rodriguez

Born:  1954 - Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Known for:  super real western figure-genre painting, Native Americans