Rodal Carlos, 1964

Painter and Sculptor


Carlos Rodal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1964. He atended the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, ITESO University, from 1982-88, receiving a BFA in architecture and urban planning. He did independent studies on aesthetics, art history and architecture theory with his mentor, the architect and professor Ignacio Díaz-Morales in Guadalajara from 1984-1992. His father’s influence as an architect, and her mother’s fondness for painting, contributed to his artistic training.

From 1979-1982 traveled through Mexico focused on popular architecture, folk art, handicrafts, ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, colonial and modern periods.
From 1982-1984 traveled extensively through Europe to study art history, architecture,  museums and cultures.

His first solo exhibition took place at the Casa de la Cultura Jalisciense of the Departamento de Bellas Artes de Jalisco in Guadalajara, in 1986. Rodal´s first exhibition  outside of Mexico was in New York City in the Parallel Project, as complementary component of Mexico: Splendor of Thirty Centuries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1990.

From 1998-2018 Rodal has kept studios both in New York City and in Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico.

In 1999 was a co-founder of the artist collective Leonard Codex Arts Assemblage in Brooklyn, New York.

He has lived in the cities of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico City, Monterrey, NL, Comala, Colima, New York City and Paris, France.

Rodal´s work has been exhibited in four continents. His paintings, works on paper and sculptures, have  participated in multiple exhibitions: Casa de la Cultura Jalisciense 1986, Guadalajara, Mexico; Ex Convento del Carmen, Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1987, 2006, 2008, 2010; Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores, ITESO, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1987, 2008; Galería del Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City, 1989, 1992; Galería Arte Actual, Monterrey, Mexico 1989; The Mexican Cultural Institute of San Antonio, TX, USA, 1989; Galería de Arte Mexicano, Galería Ortiz Monasterio-Riestra and Galería Arte Actual, New York, NY, USA, 1990; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Monterrey, Mexico, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2010; Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, 1995; Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, México, 1995; The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, NY, USA, 1997, 2006; Leonard Codex Art Assemblage, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018; Helga Wimmer Gallery, ARCO, Madrid, España 2001; ADM Arte Design, Sao Paolo, Brasil, 2002; Palais de Tokio, Paris, Francia, 2002; The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, 2002; Chicago Cultural Center, IL, USA, 2002; Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, 2002; New York University NY, USA, 2002, 2005; Museo Cabañas, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2003, 2008, 2018; Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China, 2004; Feria Internacional del Libro, 2004, 1988, Guadalajara, Mexico; Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China, 2004; Centre for Visual Art at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 2005; Akademija Likovnih Umjetnosti, Sarajevo; Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2005; Wallace Emerson Park, Toronto, Canada, 2005; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán, Mérida, Mexico, 2006; Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2005; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, 2005; New Life  Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2007; Museo Lord Cochrane, Valparaiso, Chile, 2007;  Museo de Arte de San Marcos, Lima, Peru 2008; Museo de las Artes de la Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2017; Ku Art Center, Beijing, China, 2008; Corporación Cultural Las Condes, Santiago, Chile, 2008; Centro Cultural Universitario, Morelia, México, 2009; Pinacoteca Universitaria, Alfonso Michel, Colima, Mexico 2009;  Centro Cultural de la República, El Cabildo, Asunción, Paraguay, 2009; Pieterskerk, Utrecht, Holland, 2010; Espacio Cultural Pedro Páramo, Asunción, Paraguay, 2011; Brooklyn Arts Council, NY, USA, 2011; Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, 2011; Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2012; Kunstencentrum Mansveld, Elingen, Belgium, 2012; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 2012; Irma Valerio Galerías, Zacatecas, Mexico, 2013; Museo del Congreso del Estado Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2018; Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2019.

His works can be found in public and private collections.

Translated by Enrique Moreno

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