2nd Place recipient
Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, TX, George Rodriguez creates humorous decorative ceramic sculpture addressing his identity and community. Brought up by his mother and four older sisters, George quietly observed the love and hard work needed to maintain his family and community. His art began to manifest as search for his individualized voice. The first in his family to finish college, he received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Texas El Paso then went on to receive an MFA from the University of Washington. His world curiosity grew as a recipient of a Bonderman Travel Fellowship where he traveled the world through most of 2010. This travel continues to have a profound impact on George and has helped his community grow. George was recognized as an Emerging Artist in 2019 by the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the Museums of Northwest Art awarded him The Patti Warashina Luminary Award in 2017. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago and the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, OR. George is represented by Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA and is the Artist in Residence at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia.
La Flor, El Nicho, y sus Memorias • Room 6 x 6 x 8 ft, Figure 30 x 18 x 18" • 2020
Installation at Clay Studio Philly
Urban Guardian-Rat • 61x36x27" • 2020
Large scale Rat depicted with regal posture to be admired and not overlooked.
Urban Guardian - Pigeon • 60x34x24" • 2020
Large scale Pigeon as a companion figure to the rat, depicted with regal posture to be admired and not overlooked.
Suerte • 25.5x28.5x15" • 2020
Cinghiale modeled after the Porcellino in Florence, Italy. Seductive and fierce.
El Chapulin • 36x15.5x20" • 2018
Wall mounted animals from the Mexican Zodiac calendar. El Chapulin is the 1st of 12 animal heads with coloration to reference a pop Mexican cultural hero. Correlates to the Chinese rat.
Seven Indulgences • 62x36x36" • 2020
Large funerary urn with a self-portrait and the seven deadly sins.
An Alter • 100x60x60" • 2018
An Altar is made up of 4 tiers with the foundation being the elements (wind, water, fire, earth), the second level is primitive instinct (wolf and lion), third level is faith and death, and the crown
Mexican American Gothic • 84x60x30" • 2018
Immigrant depiction based on Wood’s American Gothic with female figure as a hotel maid and male figure as a field worker. Tiled Background
We The People • 44x21x16" • 2017
Self Portrait depicting my Mexican/American upbringing postured to sing the anthem.
Where is Our Exile • 40x15x10' • 2017
Installation image. Figures presented in my home town/border city of El Paso Texas at the Rubin Arts Center. Uncle Sam and Tia Catrina are equal but different figures guardian the entrance to the exhi