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


He atended the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, ITESO University, from 1982-88, receiving a BFA. He did independent studies of Aesthetics, Art History and Architecture Theory with his mentor, the architect and professor Ignacio Díaz-Morales in Guadalajara from 1984-1992. Also he received training from painters and architects like his architect father.

Mr. Rodal maintains studio-workshops in both, Guadalajara, Mexico and New York.

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

He is part of the generation of plastic artists that emerged in the early 90’s as heirs to the various genres of modernism (tradition of the rupture) 1 —the so-called contemporary movement.

Like many of his colleagues, he has made use of the deconstruction of formal elements such as frames, bases, and surfaces; recycled materials and objects; and new techniques and technologies to breathe new life into traditional painting and sculpture. The result of these endeavors has been the formation of composite assemblage and mixed medias. Another vital characteristic of his work is the incorporation and merging of expressions arising from both local and foreign cultures of the past and present, together with everyday occurrences of the modern world.

From his youth, 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. Between his motivation has been to push the structure and systems of the visual art language to their very limits, in harmony with the transfiguration of formal elements, allowing him to create, using these techniques, his own manner of expression. The author approaches each new work with complete naturalness, drawing on freedom, fresh viewpoints, reflection, and meditation, while striving for clarity of interpretation as well as quality of workmanship. The result is never-before-seen works composed of figurative and/or abstract elements and characterized for their celebration and praise of life. These factors are intended to inspire the viewer to interact with the work, which projects an energy and poetry of its own, breathing life into processes that benefit the daily life of the community as well as granting a deeper understanding of reality and the mysteries of existence.


Carlos Rodal defines art as: a. “The conceptual and poetic expression of the human mind and spirit through material media.”

b. “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.”

1.Octavio Paz, Los hijos del limo

Translated by Enrique Moreno, Alan Lambson & Wesley Krueger

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