• Felicidades

    “Felicidades*”

    Date 1985
    Dimensions 23 15/16" x 17"
    Category Poster
    Medium Silkscreen on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement Gift of: GlaxoSmithKline *Title translation: Happy Holidays

Luis Manuel Rodríguez

San Juan, PR, 1949

Biography Details

Sculptor, graphic artist, designer and craftsman. Took his first formal art classes in the workshops at the University of Puerto Rico High School. In 1966, is accepted at the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico. Despite his interests in design, he abandoned his studies in architecture and opted for a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts. In 1970, he established his design practice, dedicated to the manufacture of costume jewelry, leather goods and, eventually, wood furniture. In 1973, he is recruited to supervise the Graphics Workshop of the Coastal Zone Program of the Department of Natural Resources, in charge of publications and promotional materials. In 1975, he is accepted at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, where he gets a Master’s Degree in Education. He moves to New York in 1980, where he starts doctoral studies at the Sculpture and Crafts Program of the Department of Arts and Art Education at the University of Columbia. In 1985, he joins the professorship at Lehman College (CUNY) and Fordham University. In1989 he returns to Puerto Rico, where initially, devotes himself to collaborate in pre-Columbian archeology studies. After that, he goes back to teaching at the Art Program of Interamerican University and, later, at the Visual Arts Program at the Communications Department of Sacred Heart University. His work can be found in institutional and private collections in Puerto Rico and the United States.

Artist Statement

“Conceiving (Inventing) a sculpture is like writing a poem in a new language that you also have to invent.” 

- Luis Manuel Rodríguez

“His sculptures are moments of time held-up for visual enjoyment. Is the organic material of the wood transformed into an aesthetic comment, small and medium dramas, compressed in a visual formulation that seem to move and stop at their own rhythm and time, and not ours. Rodríguez’ sculptures are also testimonies of effort and growth, born in the process of constructing the form, the texture, and the color, but above all, the rhythm and the movement: which flow from the encounter between the real form of the wood and the manipulated process of cutting, polishing, and discovering and embracing of the positives and the negatives.”

Source: Article from the newspaper El Nuevo Día, 1995

Formation

Education

1980

  • Doctorate in Art and Education with a major in Sculpture and Crafts. Columbia University, New York, United States

1975

  • Master’s Degree of Education. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

1970

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Visual Arts. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Professional Experience

nd

  • Visual Arts Professor. Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

nd

  • Art Professort. Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1985

  • Professor. Fordham University, Bronx, New York, United States

1985

  • Professor. Lehman College, Bronx, New York, United States

1973

  • Graphics Workshop Supervisor. Programa de la Zona Costera, Departamento de Recursos Naturales, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1970

  • Designer of costume jewelry, leather goods and wood furniture. Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

1995

  • Toco Palo, Galería de Arte, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984

  • Macy Gallery, Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, United States

Group Shows

2012

  • Interconexiones: Lecturas Curatoriales de la Colección del MAPR, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

c. 1975

  • Piano Factory, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • U. Mass Downtown Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Collections

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Catalogues 

LM Rodríguez “Toco Palo”, Galería de Arte, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico, abril-mayo, 1995.

Newspapers

(D.R.C.). “El modernismo escultórico de Luis M. Rodríguez”, Por Dentro, El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 21 de abril de 1995, p. 122-123.