Cristina Rodriguez was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1964. She lived and worked in London between the years 1989 and 2010 and has been living and working in Geneva, Switzerland since the autumn of 2010. Although her paintings sometimes contain elements of the abstract and surreal, they are always emphatically figurative. Characteristic of her work are the bold outlines of the figures or objects, the curve and curl of the forms and the simplified areas of solid colour which clarify the whole pictorial concept.
Among her many other influences, Cristina Rodriguez cites a love of Early Italian Renaissance art, in particular the quiet and reverential frescos of Fra Angelico, primitive art in all its forms and the great colourists of the 20th century in particular Chagall.
She draws her subjects from the real and the imaginary, fusing fantasy and perception into one. Her paintings with their animals, dwelling places, radiant landscapes, domestic rituals and everyday objects welcome us inside. The peaceful atmosphere she achieves is the tangible expression of her own longing for the ideal in life, and her fervent wish to eschew the ugliness and cruelty of the world. These are not spontaneous creations, but deliberate works of art which have been thought out, dreamed over, reflected on. Their purpose is to give joy and comfort and above all to affirm life.
Cristina lived and painted in Geneva between 2010 and 2012 and will be moving to Estoril,Portugal from January 2013.
1999 La Fete sous la Pyramide, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2001 Jump into Reality, MacLean Fine Art, The Air Gallery, London, UK
2004 The Desert is not Deserted, The Orangery Gallery, Holland Park, London, UK
2006Imaginary Landscapes, Blenheim Crescent Gallery, London, UK
2006 Two Worlds: Two Different Mediums, Fernand Vanderplancke and Cristina Rodriguez, Kursaal, Oostende, Belgium
2008 Art for Life, Somerset House, London, UK
The Art Movement Art Sale & Auction, Christies, London, UK
2009 Mondi Lontanissimi, Vittorio Vecchi and Cristina Rodriguez, Galleria "evvivanoé esposizioni d'arte", Cherasco, Italy
Westminster Arts Open Exhibition, SW1 Gallery, London, UK
Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
2010 Little Treasures, Piccoli gioeolli, Mostra d'Arte Internazionale, A cura di Paola Trevisan, Galleria de'Marchi, Bologna, Itlay
Salon Mediterranean d'Art Contemporain, Aix en Provence, South of France, 3-7th of 2010, Evvivanoe Art Gallery