For Alfredo Rodríguez,
painting was as much a part of his childhood development as learning
to walk and speak. Some of his earliest memories are of illustrating
classroom assignments and painting portraits of family members
with one of his earliest gifts, a set of watercolors from his
mother at the age of six. Born and raised in México in
a family of nine children, Alfredo used his talent to supplement
his family's income needs.
Now living in California and
winning top awards from several of the most prestigious organizations.
Rodríguez' work is also included in the books "Western
Painting Today" by Royal B. Hassick and "Contemporary
Western Artist" by Peggy and Harold Samuels. Alfredo also
has been featured in magazines such as "Art of the West",
"Informart", "Western Horseman" , and "International
Fine Art Collector".
His works have also been used
to illustrate Bobbie Kalman's textbooks: "Nations of the
Plains ", "Nations of the Southwest", "Native
Homes", "Life in a Plains Camp", and "The
Life of the Navajo".
Alfredo has exhibited at several
important invitational art shows around the country, including
the "Masters of the American West" at the Autry Museum
in Los Angeles, California. Alfredo also displays his work at
the Trailside Galleries in Jackson Wyoming and Scottsdale Arizona,
Settlers West Galleries in Tucson, Arizona and Hueys Fine Art,
in Santa Fe New Mexico.
The Favell Museum of Western
Art in Klamath Falls, Oregon honored Alfredo giving him the "1991
Artist of the Year " award, and his work is in the museum's
permanent collection. The Leanin' Tree Museum in Boulder, Colorado
and the Booth Museum in Georgia have several of Alfredo's paintings
in their collection as well.
Rodríguez' works are also
in the private collections of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Autry, Miss Connie
Stevens, Mrs. Pilar Wayne, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Eubanks. A professional
artist since 1968, Alfredo Rodríguez is enjoying international
response by private and corporate art collectors, as well as
wide critical acclaim. He is internationally recognized for his
outstanding paintings of the American West. His rich and vivid
images of mountains, deserts, and Indian villages are admired
wherever they are displayed, but it is his portrayal of the inhabitants
of the land that provides the focal point of his work.
As he paints he captures the
dignity of the human spirit elevated by the majestic beauty of
their surroundings. He has come a long way from such a humble
begining, yet the critics believe that his masterful treatment
of the American West is largely responsible for his success and
demonstrates even greater potential for the future.