George Rodriguez


Born and raised in El Paso, TX, George Rodriguez creates humorous decorative ceramic sculpture addressing his identity and community. He received an MFA from the University of Washington (UW) and a BFA in ceramics from the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2019 Emerging Artist Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and 2016 Museum of Northwest Art (MoNa) Luminaries: Patti Warashina Award for Emerging Artists. Rodriguez has exhibited extensively, including a solo show at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in 2018 and as a participant in MadArt’s first exhibition, The Window Art Project in 2009. His work can also be found in the permanent collection of the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago. He continues to draw on his travels to 26 countries on three continents backed by the Bonderman Travel Fellowship, which he was awarded in 2009. Expanding on his studies of global culture and ceremony, Rodriguez seeks to bridge his Chicano heritage with Thai, Peruvian, Bolivian, Mongolian, Egyptian, Taiwanese, and Indonesian civilization and mythology. His work is a celebration of the individual against the backdrop of community, the modern world against the backdrop of the ancient. Rodriguez is represented by Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA.


Reflect and Gather, 2019

Heyday Guardians

Heyday Guardians, 2009


Heyday Guardians are the keepers of playfulness and fun, as George considers a toy store a sacred place for kids.   Oversized, these ceramic figures reach out to visitors with outstretched hands holding various toys, inviting the viewer to play.

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Instrumental Divide in window, George Rodriguez

Instrumental Divide , 2009


Instrumental Divide was George’s MFA thesis work and was first shown in the Henry Gallery, Seattle, WA.  Each of the nine larger-than-life ceramic Mariachi Band figures plays an instrument and is dressed in traditional clothes.  For George, these bands were often present at large gatherings, as a part of the local culture.  His lively depiction of them is a reminder of childhood, as well as celebration.

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