Joseph Lazaro Rodriguez (1969) is a multidisciplinary artist. He studied Fine Arts at Pratt Institute and graduated from the MFA program at The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts in 2019. He was a recipient of a Venture Fund Grant and the Fellowship Trust Award from the Academy, and following his graduation he had a solo show Feet First at Spillway Collective in Philadelphia. In 2019, he was awarded a place at the Wassaic Project residency in Wassaic, NY. He has shown in numerous group exhibitions, with some including Won’t You Call Me By My Name at Wassaic Project, The Codex Project at Works on Paper Gallery in Philadelphia, and Proximity at Anna Zorina Galley in New York City. He resides and works out of his studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
project technicolored light and build virtual landscapes.
In these chromatic places, I relax, I revel.
I am an investigator of ideas. Through the aesthetics of contemporary abstraction and the surreal, I make works about joy, desire, the body, wellbeing, and mythological transformation. My process involves many forms of media and performative acts culminating in short narratives or visual poetics regarding personal experiences. Sometimes I project them at a large scale onto architectural structures and sculptural forms as animated loops or videos, sometimes they are drawings, paintings or small collages.