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Freddy Rodríguez

Hutchinson Modern, New York (DLG8)

Freddy Rodriguez, Gold or Investing in Art II, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 91 × 91 cm. Courtesy: Hutchinson Modern

Freddy Rodriguez, Gold or Investing in Art II, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 91 × 91 cm. Courtesy: Hutchinson Modern, New York

Freddy Rodríguez (born 1945, Santiago de los Caballeros) lives in New York.

Freddy Rodríguez’s work fuses conceptual and stylistic elements from New York School painting with Dominican history, Caribbean culture, and transnational concerns. He employs abstract geometries and vibrant color to reference themes generally considered at odds with pure formalism, including the European conquest, colonization of native people, dictatorship, and baseball.

Having lived and worked in New York for over five decades, Rodríguez’s oeuvre responds to tendencies that have shaped the City’s artistic milieu, including Hard-edge Painting, Geometric Abstraction, and Minimalism. At the same time, the Dominican Republic and Caribbean culture continuously inspire the subjects and ethos of this work.

Five Decades of Geometry features Rodríguez’s abstract paintings from the 1970s—present day. These remarkable works blend emotionally and socio-politically-motivated themes with rigorous formal concerns, evincing not only Rodríguez’s sense of color and composition, but also his shrewd engagement with topics ranging from pharmaceuticals to Catholicism, and the history of gold.

Freddy Rodríguez moved to New York City in 1963, feeling his life was in danger due to the local political climate. Rodríguez studied painting at the Art Students League and at the New School for Social Research; and textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Rodríguez is the subject of a forthcoming monograph by E. Carmen Ramos.