New York based painter Victor Rodriguez is considered to be one of the best hyper-realist artists today, having exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Museo de la Cancillería, Mexico City, the Heumer Hall in Berlin, Germany, the Galeria Torrigiani in Milan, Italy etc. His paintings immaculately depict complex patterns and textures such as skin and clothing in a hyper-realistic manner. The quality of his images can be compared to the pages of a high-end fashion magazine. Nevertheless, he does not regard himself as a photorealist, explaining that “the only thing more boring than seeing a photorealistic painting is making one”. Instead he uses photoderived imagery as a pictorial language, predominantly accentuating pop and the urban scene. For more of his paintings visit his website www.victorrodrigueznyc.com.
Whom do you look up to?
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Isolated, obsessive and attentive to craft.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path? Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
Contributors, the late gallerist Ivan Karp, inlfuences many, among them David Hockney, Marcel Proust, Jean Luc Godard and Plato.
What made you want to become an artist?
I dont remember making the decision to persue this, it was more of an unavoidable thing.
What was your favourite project and why?
Always my most recent work is my favorite.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
Moving from Mexico City to New York in 1997.
Quotes and Wisdoms
How do you define creativity?
Going back to the origin in an honest manner.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Dont try to impress anyone, specially those little groups – do it for yourself.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
It’s always a mistake to make decisions based on fear.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
My daughter’s well-being.
All images © Victor Rodriguez