, artist statement

María De Los Àngeles Rodríguez Jiménez's practice currently focuses on a series of paintings and sculptures circulating around materiality, form, and spirituality. They refer to bodies through their object nature, significance, and the manipulation of every material used. The painted objects can resemble the construction of the human body, the human skin, and in certain cases, parts of the human figure. The symbolism of the color is dependent on Maria's relationship with Afro-Cuban Lukumi traditions, spiritual animism, and on the inherent color of the materials she gathers. For example, yellow alludes to Ochún, to femininity, and green or the natural color of metal alludes to Ogún. The emotion of the work emerges through the process of making. A handwritten phrase on the wall or a name that sometimes accompanies the work, reveals this intimacy. The work attempts to bring into focus the architecture of the room, the inhabited space that responds to how bodies navigate and create their mark in the spaces they occupy. Allowing for the performative nature of the work to become heightened. Her hope is that as the paintings and sculptures activate and become activated by the space, they create a space for the body that is beyond its immediate condition.

Maria was born in 1992 in Holguín, Cuba. She then immigrated to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2015. Maria de los Angeles Rodriguez Jimenez is currently a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) candidate at Yale University.

, representation

David Castillo Gallery
+1 305 573 8110
info@davidcastillogallery.com
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, contact

María De Los Àngeles Rodríguez Jiménez

mariadlarj@gmail.com

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, education

20182020

MFA in Painting at Yale University, School of Art

20122015

BFA at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

20102012

Miami-Dade Community College

, residencies

2019

SOMA Summer, Mexico City

2019

DAMLI Summer Graduate Fellowship, The Cleveland Museum of Art

2016

Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine

2018

NLS Kingston, Jamaica

2015

Cooperative TAAK, Marfa Summer School, Marfa

, group exhibitions

2019

New Suns, Curated by Kris Kuramitsu, PÁRAMO Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico

2018

The Strangeness Will Wear Off, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach

2016

Traded, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

2016

Meatballs, Curated by Carl Ostendarp, Skowhegan, Maine

2015

Checkpoint To The Stars, El Paisano Hotel, Marfa, TX

2015

See Something Say Something, St. Marks Book Store, New York, NY

, solo exhibitions

2019

Ojalá, David Castillo Gallery—Miami, FL

2018

"Si Hay Bien, Hay Mal", Barrett Art Center—New York, NY

2015

Untitled, The Cooper Union Senior Thesis Show—New York, NY

2017

Humanism Under Siege II (collaboration with Architect Pedro G. Esteban), FIERMAN Gallery—New York, NY

2015

Humanism Under Siege I (collaboration with Architect Pedro G. Esteban), The Cooper Union Benjamin Menschel Exhibition—New York, NY

, permanent installations

2017

Mural commissioned by Sharpe-Walentas and NurtureArt, P.S. 147—Brooklyn, NY