Triumph and RevolutionTriumph: a Monumental Woodcut Revolution: Linocuts of the Mexican Revolution

October 16 – November 14, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 15, 2010.
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Artemio Rodríguez was born in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, Mexico in 1972. He apprenticed with master printmaker Juan Pascoe in his hometown. Rodríguez is a printmaker who works primarily in black and white. His work examines matters of life, death, justice, and conscience. European medieval woodcuts and the great Mexican print artists, such as Jose Guadalupe Posada, have influenced his printing style. His works have included linocuts, woodcuts, etchings, screenprints, and printing on skateboard decks and automobiles. In 2002 he founded La Mano Press, now located in Michoacan, Mexico. His work is included in the collections of: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona; Seattle Art Museum; San Diego Art Museum, California; Mexican Fine Arts Museum, Chicago; and the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach. He has illustrated and published several books, titles include American Dream, Aesop Fables, Tacámbaro, The King of Things and Loteria Cards and Fortune Poems.

Artemio Rodríguez is an Invited Public Artist for 2010 Mid America Print Council Conference “New World/Old World” being held at the University of Minnesota during October 13 – 16. Triumph, the monumental woodcut print being displayed at Macalester, is being printed as a part of “New World/Old World.”

Artist Statement

“My style is based on two characteristics of medieval woodcut: the simplicity of its line and the straight forwardness of its visual style.

In these times, when technology dominates the way we live and see the world, when even the printed word has become a bit obsolete, I feel a necessity to return to the way of seeing and living through the black and white of the carved, hand-printed image.

The ancient trade of engraver-printer has allowed me to become a contemporary visual artist that instigates sensibilities, imagination, and further creativity, using an art form that most people think is part of our forgotten artistic and cultural background. In the process I have been able to create an art career that is unique and independent from the art establishment. I live on a small hill between the fine art world, the book world and the street, low-brow culture, both in the US and in Mexico. Everyday I wake up to the sound of birds and cows and to the beautiful view of the fields where I grew up.”