Rodal Carlos, 1964
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Contemporary painter and sculptor



  • Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Eldest son of six.
    His mother Luz Irene, housewife, psychologist therapist and with fond of painting and crafts. His father Luis by profession architect, designer and builder.


  • Starts his first painting lessons in painter´s workshops in the city.



  • B.F.A. of Architecture and Urbanism, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, ITESO University.
    Guadalajara, Jalisco.


  • Independent studies of Aesthetics, Art History and Architecture Theory with his mentor the architect and professor Ignacio Díaz-Morales. Guadalajara, Jalisco.


  • Portrait and anatomy, Casa de la Cultura, Departamento de Bellas Artes de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco.


  • Takes classes of Portrait and and Anatomy with painter Ma. Luisa González-Aréchiga


  • High school in Instituto de Ciencias, A. C., Guadalajara, Jalisco.


He received his training from painters and architects in his native city, including his father by profession architect

1979-1981 Travels through Mexico focused in the popular architecture, art, folk art, Mesoamerican civilizations, Colonial and Modern periods

During the 80s and 90s traveled extensively in Europe, studying its art history, architecture, art museums and culture

Since 1997 he keeps studios both in New York City and Guadalajara, Mexico

In 1980 met architect Luis Barragán (Pritzker Prize), and in 1986 the painter and sculptor Juan Soriano, with whom establishes friendship. They like their parents and his mentor architect Ignacio Díaz-Morales, have been inspiration in their life and artistic activity.

His work can be recognized for its brightly-colored and synthesized compositions, abstract and figurative, characterized for their celebration and praise of life. He is located in a contemporary global/local culture, incorporating the expressions of both native and distant civilizations, past and present, with a deep connection to the roots of millenarian societies.

Since young, Mr. Rodal has approached the execution of his art as his life’s calling, which has driven him to use the corpus of his work as a way of expressing his personal visions, that come as a result of observation, thought, intuition, the subconscious, and imagination. One of his motivations has been to push the structure and systems of the visual arts language to their very limits, in harmony with the transfiguration of formal elements.

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



  • Commission by the Secretaría de Bellas Artes de Jalisco for the architectural project of restoration and adaptation for art museum, of the 17th century, Ex Convento del Carmen.


  • Participation in Parallel Project, exhibition as complementary part of Mexico: Splendor of Thirty Centuries  at Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other Mexican cultural events at Manhattan, NY.


  • Participation in Mito y magia en América: los ochenta, the opening exhibition of  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, MARCO, together with Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Harring, Julian Schnabel, George Condo, Terry Winters, Leda Catunda, Susan Rothenberg, among others, where his work is part of the Museum’s permanent collection.


  • The Architecture School of the Instituto Tecnólogico y de Estudios Superiores, ITESO University, invites him periodically to give lectures.


Participation in the exhibition, Jalisco: Genio y maestría, (the largest exhibition of painters born in Jalisco over the 19th and 20th centuries).

Some of the the participating painters are: José María Estrada, Gerardo Murillo “Dr. Atl”, José Clemente Orozco, María Izquierdo, Juan Soriano, Jesus “Chucho” Reyes, Jesus Guerrero Galván, Roberto Montenegro and Javier Arévalo.


  • Solo exhibition New Apparitions with The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, NY.


  • Co-founder of the artist collective Leonard Codex Art Assemblage, Brooklyn, New York


  • UNESCO awarded and sponsorship TransCultural Exchange, for The Coaster Project: Destination the World and the Tile Project: Destination the World.


  • Participates in the art worldwide projects,The Coaster Project: Destination the World and the Tile Project: Destination the World. Artists of 40 countries,22 world sites to create 22 site-specific works.


  • Starts to build large scale sculptures in steel.


  • Individual exhibition and publication of the book, Acción del Polen, by Universidad de Guadalajara in the XVIII International Book Fair, Fil, at Guadalajara, Mexico.


  • Solo exhibition, Hibridaciones, at the historic Ex Convento del Carmen 17th century, Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico.


  • Participation in the sculpture exhibition Dimension Variable Site Fixed, at Gallery Cambridge Arts Council in Massachusetts, CAC, sponsered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.


  • Wins the contest New Life Visual to exhibit at New Life Gallery & The Wooloo Project Fund at Berlin, Germany.


  • Solo exhibition in the Pinacoteca Universitaria Alfonso Michel in Colima.
  • University of Colima, acquires a large format steel sculpture to place on its campus.
  • The Instituto Superior y de Estudios Tecnólogico de Occidente, ITESO, and UNESCO, commissioned and sponsored him to develop a large-format steel sculpture and integrate the tile collection of participating artists in, The Tile Project: Destination The World, to place on its campus.


  • Commission by Financiera de Occidente, FINOX in Guadalajara, Jalisco, to make a large-format sculpture as a corporate brand and integrate a collection of paintings and watercolors in its new headquarters.
  • Solo exhibition Liefdeslied van de aarde, organized by The Mission of Mexico in the European Union, the Embassy of Mexico in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Kunstcentre Mansveld.


  • Commission to integrate a collection of art works in Esperanza, Inspirato and Punta Ballena Resorts. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.


  • The Museum of Arts of the University of Guadalajara, organizes an individual exhibition of painting, drawing and sculpture, Regiones luminosas, of the last five years of production, and acquires work for its collection.


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; 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; Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, 2010; Pieterskerk, Utrecht, Holland, 2010; Espacio Cultural Pedro Páramo, Asunción, Paraguay, 2011; Brooklyn Arts Council, NY, USA, 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 work has been exhibited and published together with Mexican masters as: José María Velasco, José Guadalupe Posada, Jesús Reyes “Chucho Reyes”, Gerardo Murillo “Dr. Atl”, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Clemente Orozco, Roberto Montenegro, Juan Soriano, Rufino Tamayo, María Izquierdo, Frida Kalho, Gunther Gerszo, Leonora Carrington, Irma Palacios, Alberto Gironella, Pedro Coronel, Francisco Toledo, Sergio Hernández, José Luis Cuevas, Lilia Carrillo, Manuel Felguerez, Jorge Alzaga, Roger von Gunten, Rodolfo Morales, Rodolfo Nieto, Javier Arévalo, Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Miguel Ángel López, Javier Fernández, Jorge Salazar, Germán Venegas, Miguel, José y Francisco Castro Leñero, among others.

And with masters born in other countries: Miquel Barceló, Louis Borgueois, Mimo Palladino, Jorg Immendorff, A.R. Penck, Georg Baselitz, José Bedia, Daniel Senise, Leda Catunda, Jean Michel Basquiat, Terry Winters, George Condo, Susan Rothenberg, Saint Clair Cemin, Guillermo Kuitka, Segundo Planes, Robert, Leda Catunda, Longo and Julian Schnabel.

His works can be found in public and private collections.


Carlos Rodal defines art as: Proposal number one of N possible: Art is the fascinating, transforming development of a double triad composed of conceptual-poetic-constructive elements, on one side, and spirit-mind-body elements on the other side. From their own realm, elements from these two triads pass through matter, and coalesce finally into a work bestowed with qualities that endow it with permanent validity for all humankind.

Proposal number two of definition of art: The conceptual and poetic expression of the human mind, body and spirit through material media.

Translated by Enrique Moreno

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