Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.rodrig97
Creators:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-
Martínez, Juan A.
Dates:
1997 November 14
Languages:
Interview and transcript are: in Spanish.
Physical Description:
63 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Arturo Rodríguez conducted 1997 November 14, by Juan A. Martínez, in Rodriquez's home/studio, Miami, Fla., for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Rodriguez speaks of his birthplace, Ranchuelo, Cuba, his early interest in drawing, his move to Madrid at 16, and his self-directed art education. He discusses the intertwined relationship of literature, poetry, and music. He comments on Spanish realists such as Antonio Lopez Quintanilla and American expressionists Willem de Kooning and others. He also recalls his exhibitions and art collectors, particularly Judith and William Ladner. He describes his paintings as a combination of expressionism, realism, surrealism, abstraction, and a pessimistic vision of the human condition.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Arturo Rodríguez (1956- ) is a painter from Miami, Fla. Rodriguez is a self-taught artist born in Cuba. His wife is the painter, Demi.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators. Funding for this interview provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Latino Pool Fund.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 17 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
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Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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