‘Underwater’ by Rocodrilo
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 24″ x 24″
Year of Creation: 2022
Artwork Will Ship From: Mexico
About the Artist:
The creation of characters and fantastic worlds are the universe that defines the work of Rodrigo Oñate (Rocodrilo), originally from the city of Queretaro Mexico. Through the years, Roco has embarked on his career as a self-taught plastic and graphic artist, influenced by the pop culture of the 80s, comics, graffiti and various artists representing Mexican art.
As a Queretano passionate about art, he has exhibited his work in various group exhibitions, but it was until the opportunity of a stay in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States and then living in Chicago, IL, presented him that his work was consecrated by finding a graphic line that combines his roots with his evolution as an artist.
By extracting himself from his context and looking at it from the outside, he found a better appreciation and understanding of Latin American culture, thus conceiving a style with a contemporary and modern vision of Latino folklore, mixing techniques that since his career have gained great relevance as in graffiti or pop art.
Roco’s work represents the relationship of man with nature and the Universe with anthropomorphic characters, dreamlike and fantastic worlds as reinterpretations of the traditions of various cultures of America through a combination of colors, textures and intricate shapes capable of evoking traditional American graphics. with techniques such as illustration, watercolor, enamels, enamel, acrylic and inks.
The originality in the technique and the message of his work have led him to participate in various exhibitions and cultural projects in spaces in Mexico such as Arca Galería and Gamma in CDMX, Museo de la Ciudad in Querétaro, Galeria Bernardo Quintana UAQ; and in the United States as the Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, Illinois; UNAM Chicago ILL, Gamut Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pilsen Outpost Gallery Chicago and Kent University in Ohio. His pieces are part of public and private collections of businessmen, investors and art institutions.