Jorge Luis Rodríguez


JORGE LUIS RODRÍGUEZ was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Upon graduating from Albert Einstein High School ('63) he moved to New York. He aspired a career in the arts which began to materialize when he worked as an art director at the international advertising agency J. Walter Thompson ('70).

He studied under the tutelage of Louise Bourgeois, George Trakas, Hannah Wilke, Alice Adams, Brice Marden and Joseph Kosuth at the School of Visual Arts and earned a (BFA '76, Sculpture). He then attended New York University and graduated (MA ’77, Sculpture) upon completing coursework in Venice, Italy and exhibited his art at famed Palazzo Grassi.

Rodríguez was an art professor at CUNY (1977-2003) and taught sculpture at his alma mater School of Visual Arts (1984-2003). He developed and implemented art curriculum for museums, arts organizations, community programs and NYC public schools, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Association for Hispanic Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Altos de Chavón, and Escuela de artes plásticas de Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez has been recognized by National Endowment for the Arts, NYS Council on the Arts, NY Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest International Artist Program, ArtsLink International Collaborative Project and Instituto de Puerto Rico. His art is in the permanent collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem State Office Building, NYC Percent for Art Collection, NYC Department of Education and USDA Forest Service.​

Growth, painted steel, 168 x 132 x 108 inches, 1985. Photograph is courtesy of the artist.