Sandy Rodriguez

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Artist Statement

My paintings capture moments of transformation in the social and cultural landscape of Los Angeles, with a focus on themes of the persistence of place, activism, and physical and cultural regeneration.




B.F.A.– California Institute of the Arts

Publicart Projects 


“Ten Feet” Los Angeles River Public Art Project, Frog Spot, Los Angeles River, CA


“aMUSEd: Paintings of the Arts District Inspired by Downtown Muse”, Art Squared Gallery in Pershing Square, LA, CA


“Freeway Studies #1 This Side of the 405 Billboard Project”, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, LA, CA


“Opening Night” muralist with Barbara Carrasco, John Valadez and others. America Tropical Interpretive Center, LA, CA

Solo and two person Exhibitions


” Awake in the Golden State” Sandy Rodriguez & James Gobel, Sonce Alexander Gallery, Culver City, CA


“Calle Sal Si Puedes and other Places Sheʼs Lived”, Lyceum Theater Gallery, San Diego, CA


“Los Angeles Landscapes: Sandy Rodriguez”, Two Roads Theater Gallery, Studio City, CA


La Retrospectivita: 1998-2008, Underground Gallery, Silverlake, CA


“Burn Hollywood Burn”, Underground Gallery, Silverlake, CA

“Unearthed”, Pasadena City College Library, Pasadena, CA

Selected group museum exhibitions


“Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection” The exhibition showcases 71 paintings by 29 painters. The exhibition has


been on view at the following venues: Vincent Price Art Museum, LA CA (2015) Museum of Contemporary-San Diego, CA, Whatcom


Museum-Bellingham, Washington (2013), Ellen Noël Art Museum-Odessa, Texas, Staniar Gallery, Washington & Lee University-

Lexington, Virginia, (2013), University of Wyoming Art Museum–Laramie, Wyoming, Museum of Monterey-Monterey, California


Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame-Notre Dame, Indiana (2011), Mesa Arts Center Museum-Mesa, Arizona

“Greeting from Underwater: Chicanos of the Sea”- Changarrito: Máximo González: Playful, Craft and Folk Art Museum, LA, CA


“1000 Journals “, Skirball Cultural Center, LA, CA

Selected Group Gallery Exhibitions


“Re-membering Our Ancestors Discovering Ourselves, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA

“Artist in Residence Exhibition” Art+Practice, LA, CA

“Angelinos Presente!, Pico House, LA, CA

“Manifest: Justice”, The Dome, LA, CA

“One Degree of Separation : A Sisterhood of California Women Artists”, Arte Americas, Fresno, CA


“Annual Print Fair & Exhibition”, Self Help Graphics, LA, CA

“MUSE-ings: Snapshots of the Arts District”, ArtShareLA, LA,CA

“One for the Road”, Hudson Link, Pacific Design Center, LA, CA


“Catrina Ball”, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

“Getting off the Ground”, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA


“Bloodlines: Three Generations – Sandy Rodriguez, Guadalupe Rodriguez and Aurora Perez”, Plaza de la Raza, Boathouse Gallery, LA,


“MACLA 4rth Chicana/o Biennial”, MACLA, San Jose, CA


“Navigating L.A.”, The Studio for Southern California History, LA, CA


“39NOW!”, d.e.n. contemporary Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA

“Calavera Fashion Show”, Tropico de Nopal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Paper Trail”, Happy Gallery, Hollywood, CA

“S.A.S.S. Attack!”, Sophia Louisa Projects, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, CA

“Selections from the Collection”, Underground Gallery, Silverlake, CA


“Doomsday Kiss”, Bootleg Theater, Echo Park, CA

“Los Inbetweens: Artists Sin Barrios”, Ave 50 Studios, Highland Park, CA

“Dibujos: Emergency Landing”, Tropico de Nopal, LA, CA

“The Women Artists on Immigration Crossing Borders, Confronting Barriers, Bridging Identities

Juried by Alma Ruiz, MOCA, Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Beauty Marks”, Underground Gallery, Silverlake, CA

“No Solo Para Románticos”, Brooklyn and Boyle, Boyle Heights, CA

Selected Lectures and Presentations


“MacArthur Park, Echo Park and Leimert Park”, Visiting Artist Sandy Rodriguez, Heart of Los Angeles, Mac Arthur Park, CA

“Ayotinzapa and Tear Gas”:Guest Artist Sandy Rodriguez, UCSD, San Diego and Los Angeles, CA

“Off-Site Program: Artist in Residence Talk: Sandy Rodriguez with Isabelle Lutterodt”, Art+ Practice, Leimert Park, CA


Studio 75, Sandy Rodriguez & Isabelle Lutterodt, Loyola Marymount University

Mural Making and Mentorship, Sandy Rodriguez & Barbara Carrasco, Tomas Rivera Conference, University of California Riverside, Riverside CA


“Ten Years of Dia De Los Muertos Collaborations: Guadalupe Rodriguez and Sandy Rodriguez”, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

“Welcome to L.A.: Cultural, Civic, and Community Practices in the City of Dreams”, Guest Lecturer, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA


“Conversations: Sandy Rodriguez and Linda Vallejo”, moderated by Bill Moreno, “Navigating L.A.” exhibition, Studio for Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

“Latina Art”, Sandy Rodriguez, Sandra de la Loza, and Poli Marchal Loyola Marymount University, Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, moderated by Karen Mary Davalos.

Selected Publications


Weinberg, Tessa and Arambel,Chloe, Artist Sandy Rodriguez fires up the inaugural A+P Artists-in-Residency Exhibition, Los Angeles Times.

Béraud, Anyk, Pour ne pas oublier:les émeutes de Ferguson immortalisées sure la toile, Radio-Canada.

Guzman- Lopez, Adolfo, Ferguson, fire, Mexico City protests ignite LA artistʼs creativity KPCC,

Munro, Donald, ArtHop: Mother and daughter make a good combo at Arte exhibition featuring California artists, Fresno Bee.

Bumala, Christian, Art + Practice Art as an Agent of Social Change, The Paper Mixtape, UCLA.

Vikram, Anuradha, Art + Practice: Connecting Past and Future in Leimert Park, KCET.


W.S. Di Piero, Portable Paintings Small paintings whisper to you. They tell a secret to you and you only“. San Diego Reader.


Guest Editorial at KCET has Sandy Rodriguez write about the artists, including herself, who worked on the interior mural at The América Tropical Interpretive Center.

Freeway Studies #1, This Side of the 405, an exhibition at Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz.


Studio Visit with Sandy Rodriguez.

Awards and Residencies


AIR Artist in Residence, Art+Practice Foundation. For more information see