THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Walkind Rodriguez was born on October 4, 1978 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He started drawing from his earliest childhood and never stopped; he entered the Art College of Santo Domingo in 1996 and then joined the Altos de Chavon School of Graphic Design in 1999.
In 2003, he participated to 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 in France where he continued his artistic exploration and experimented with different mediums: ceramics, photography, music and dance.
The Honorable Mention of the International Triennial of Ceramics of the Museum of Modern Art of Santo Domingo was awarded to him in 2006.
Since then, he has asserted 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 presented an exhibition retracing the last ten years of her work.
Influenced, from his very beginning by Afro-Caribbean sounds, Walkind Rodriguez gave a new importance to music after his arrival in France. He collaborates with many musicians, especially those from the experimental and improvisation scene, by illustrating posters and album covers, and as a trumpeter and percussionist. The different groups whose he is a member offer to him a space for creative sharing where new relationships between music and drawing emerge which nourish his graphic practice.
He offers performances combining "in vivo" painting, music and dance. He collaborates with many festivals: Jazz in Luz, Faîtes de l'Image, Meetings of Latin American cinemas, Festival of dances and black continents, ...
In the last few 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 world agitations, 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 takes shape. My characters, inspired by jazz and Afro-futurism, sketched out the steps of merengue by producing a soundscape which expresses itself through ethnico-cosmic motifs. In the beginning I was a deserter ... I left my country. Since then I have learned to play the crossing: arts, cultures and influences. "