Eugene Rodriguez is a San Francisco based visual artist whose work includes painting, printmaking, film and installation. He first studied fashion design in Los Angeles earning his degree from FIDM. While working as a fashion designer he traveled to Europe and Asia where he visited major art museums and gained exposure to many facets of global culture. On his first visit to The Louvre museum in Paris he saw Vincent Van Gogh’s, Self Portrait (1889), and fell in love with painting. “When I begin a painting, color is always first in my mind.” He went on to earn his BA in painting and drawing from San Francisco State University and his MFA in cross-disciplinary work from Mills College. He continues to teach in arts programs in the Bay Area where he exhibits and works on commissions.
Eugene’s paintings, prints, and drawings have been featured in solo exhibitions in New York City and San Francisco as well as group exhibitions across the country. His films and videos have been featured in numerous national and international festivals. In addition to exhibiting, he has curated exhibitions and lectured extensively on “Transforming Arts Curriculum for the 21st Century” at conferences.
In 2017 Eugene established El Taller (The Studio) – Artist Workshops first and foremost because of his love of the tradition of teaching painting and drawing. This series of workshops offers personalized instruction in drawing, color, and painting in both indoor and outdoor settings.