Walking Rodriguez

Walkind Rodriguez was born on October 4th, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He begins to draw from an early age and never stops; he entered the School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo in 1996 and then joined the School of Graphic Design of Altos de Chavon in 1999.

 

In 2003, he participated in the National Biennial of Visual Arts of Santo Domingo and presented an individual exhibition at the gallery Lyle O'Reitzel. The same year, he moved to France where he continued his artistic exploration and experimented with different mediums: ceramics, photography, music and dance.

 

The honorable mention of the International Ceramic Triennial of the Museum of Modern Art of Santo Domingo was awarded to him in 2006.Since then he has established himself as an artist in France and abroad. In 2009, he exhibited in New York through the Parisian gallery Intemporel, during the Black Fine Art Show.

 

In 2013, the international music festival Rio Loco and the cultural center Alban Minville of Toulouse presented an exhibition tracing the last ten years of his work.

Influenced from the outset by Afro-Caribbean sounds, Walkind Rodriguez gives new importance to music after his arrival in France. He collaborates with many musicians, including the experimental scene and improvisation, illustrating posters and album covers, and as a trumpet player and percussionist. The different groups of which he is part offer him a space of creative sharing where he improvises new relations between music and drawing that nourish his graphic practice.

 

He offers performances combining painting "in vivo", music and dance. He collaborates with many festivals: Jazz in Luz, Roots of the Image, Meetings of Latin American cinemas, Festival dances and black continents, ...

 

In recent years, his work has been exhibited at the Théâtre du Pavé as part of the Pavé dans le Jazz festival, as well as several places dedicated to music.

 

Walkind Rodriguez scrutinizes the agitations of the world, plays with the material and offers us a work that invites us to step aside: "It is from the chaotic hubbub of the world that a polyrhythmic universe is emerging. My characters inspired by jazz, Afro-futurism, sketch steps of merengue by producing a soundscape that expresses itself through ethnico-cosmic motifs. In the beginning I was a deserter ... I left my country. Since then I learned to play the crossing: arts, cultures and influences. "