Walkind Rodriguez

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Walkind Rodriguez, the rhythm of creation

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

In 2003, he participated in the National Biennial of Visual Arts in Santo Domingo and presented a solo exhibition at the Lyle O’Reitzel gallery. 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 Ceramics 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 Rio Loco international music festival and the Alban Minville cultural center in Toulouse present an exhibition retracing the last ten years of his work.

Influenced from his beginnings by Afro-Caribbean sounds, Walkind Rodriguez gave new importance to music after his arrival in France. He collaborates with many musicians, especially from the experimental scene and improvisation, illustrating posters and record covers, and as a trumpeter and percussionist. The different groups to which he is a part offer him a space for creative sharing where new relationships between music and drawing are improvised, which nourish his graphic practice.

It offers performances combining “in vivo” painting, music, and dance. He collaborates with numerous festivals: Jazz à Luz, Faîtes de l'Image, Latin American Cinemas Meetings, Black Dances and Continents Festival, ...

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

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