Monica Rodriguez


My art practice looks at the history and impact of Colonialism on the political, economic, and social conditions in the Americas and the Caribbean. My work is specifically concerned with developing new forms of representation that examine and interrogate the ways in which the history of Colonialism has been constructed and represented. To this aim, I use historical materials that I re-create into drawings, sculptures, and videos. My process of re-tracing the colonial past, from a critical historical point of view, serves as a tool for making visible the overlooked or ignored traces of the past, how they affect the present and shape society.

Monica Rodriguez (b.1980, San Juan, Puerto Rico) received a BFA from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico (2005), an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2011) and she was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York (2012 – 2013). Rodriguez has exhibited her work internationally, group exhibitions include Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis (2022), TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz, Spain (2021); Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, Richmond, VA (2020); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR (2019); Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (2019); LACE Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (2019); Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL (2018); 19th Contemporary Art Festival Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015); among others. Rodriguez lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Herbaria-Luisa Capetillo, Ink and pastel on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2022.