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Lived/Active: Brazil/United States      Known for: painting

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Born in Brazil, she is primarily self-taught as an artist, and has traveled extensively  through third world countries  including Nepal, India, South East Asia, and South and Central America. Her portrait and figure paintings express the stages of the human condition, emotions, as seen through the painter's eyes.


Selected Exhibitions:
The 48th and 52nd All Florida Competition and Exhibition- Boca Raton Museum of Art Boca Raton, Fl- 1999-2003
Biannual All Media juried Competition; The Hollywood Cultural Center of the Arts Hollywood, Fl 2001/2003
The Great Plate Affair (Tri-County Exhibition ) Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, Fl 2001/2002
(Various group showings); The Provincetown Art Association and Museum Provincetown, MA 1998/1999/2000
Figurative Works Competition and Exhibition; Armory Art Center West Palm Beach, Fl 2000/2001- Other exhibits 2004/2005
(Various Group Showings); Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 1999-2003
Hort Competition and exhibition; Ft. Lauderdale Fl. 2000/2001/2002
Best South Florida Artist 2000
Children of the Streets (one woman show); Benefit for Brazilian street children; Wilton Manors, Fl
Gallery Yes, 2001
Nine Muses Art Center; Fort Lauderdale Fl. 1998-2004
Cheyenne Studios and Gallery (one woman show); Hollywood, Fl 1999
Art Fusion Gallery; Boca Raton, Fl 2000
Gallery Vennezia; Provincetown MA 1999
The A.S. 20/20 Gallery; Providence Rhode Island 1998-1999
Benefit for Vietnamese children in Fort Lauderdale; Fl 2003-2004
Benefit exhibits in London with ABC TRUST, Jimmy Page's organization to benefit Brazilian street children- 2000-2004
Group show in San Andres Island Colombia 1998-1999
Group Show in Mexico -San Miguel Allende; Mexico 2004
The Caraiva Center for the Arts- Bahia, Brazil 2007
The National U.S.Olympic Sports Art Competition; 2000
Inclusion in The Bethlehem 2000 Art Project Representing World Peace
and many other exhibitions at South Florida Art Galleries

A confrontation with the intense and halting instances of life between the viewer and Rodrigues' figure is inevitable. Her subjects are a seductive engagement enticing the viewer into a labyrinth of complex emotion.

Brazilian born, Rodrigues has traveled extensively through third world countries including Nepal, India, South East Asia, South and Central America, in order to deepen her own awareness. These travels, as well as travel within the United States have educated her in the school of compassion and the strength of the human soul.  Hegina  translated this onto canvas in which her figures speak through the language of the eyes. Her vivid portraits show the paradox states of bedlam and tenacity.

Hegina's history as an artist has been primarily a self-taught passion.  This passion emerges from a desire to touch the heart, to illustrate the intangible internal spasms of our human emotions, rather than mere physical fact.  Rodrigues does not concern herself with perspective or rules.  The human figure emerges severely distorted, metaphorically speaking, the inner distortions of our emotions.  It is as if Rodrigues has the power to transform color into a reveberation of a non-existent language.

Applying  layers of paints, Rodrigues primes her bare canvas. The stark flat surface transforms into an energy force field in which she seeks out the organic life within the texture and paint itself.  Her creations transcend a visual experience, prying open the door to our private, internal moments.

Submitted by Jimmy D. Robinson, Inc.(Rare Art Collections)


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