Cristina Rodriguez

"I paint about the simple wonders of our daily life.
My gift to the world is to create paintings that radiate hope and beauty.
I create paintings that show trees that have not yet been cut, mountains that have not yet been ravaged, people that have not yet been subjected to any type of violence, seas that have not yet been contaminated, beaches that have not yet been polluted. I paint about all of what still exists and must be protected."

Cristina Rodriguez, London 2009

1964   Born in Colombia
1983-1987  BA in Fine Arts, University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
1989-1991  MA in Painting, The Slade School of Fine Art, London University, Great Britain 

Cristina Rodriguez was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1964. She has lived in Colombia, Peru, Germany, Great Britain, USA, Zimbabwe and Switzerland. She now lives in Portugal.  A passionate traveller, she has journeyed extensively through South America, Europe and Africa, finding enrichment and inspiration in the familiar and extraordinary practices and customs she has encountered. Although her paintings sometimes contain abstract and surreal elements, 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.

Simplicity and a joyous passion for colour: these are the compositional keynotes of Cristina Rodriguez's art –clearly revealing the lasting impact of a childhood spent in Colombia with its rich heritage of folk art, primitive art, narrative art, story-telling, myth and fable.

Among many other influences, Cristina Rodriguez cites her love for early Italian Renaissance art, in particular for the quiet and reverential frescoes of Fra Angelico. Also primitive art in all its forms and the great colourists of the twentieth century, particularly Chagall, whose floating gravity-defying figures and animals find their counterpart in her own work.

Cristina Rodriguez has retained the child's ability to believe in the unbelievable and to see the magic in the mundane. 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. At their centre are love and tranquillity.

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. In their simple, direct way, they appeal to our emotions, evoking harmonious associations and creating recurrent sensations of serenity and beauty. We are disarmed and our hearts open to the magic of her art.

Gillian Adam, London 2007

1989 Scholarship for Outstanding Artists. Icetex: Government of Colombia
1990 The British Council Scholarship
1992 The Delfina Studios Scholarship. Delfina Studios Trust (one year)
1993 Travel Scholarship to Zimbabwe. Delfina Studios Trust
1995 Travel Scholarship to New York. Delfina Studios Trust

Her work is in private collections in Europe, Great Britain, Central America, South America, USA and Africa.

Her work is in the following public collections :

Paintings in Hospitals (Great Britain)
The British Football Association (Great Britain)
The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London (Great Britain)

Her work is in the following permanent collections:

Permanent collection of the University of Los Andes, Bogotá (Colombia)
Permanent collection of the Santorini Biennale, Pyrgos, Santorini (Greece)
Permanent collection of the Embassy of Colombia, London (Great Britain)
Permanent collection of the Consulate of Colombia, Paris (France)
Permanent collection of the Consulate of Colombia, New York (USA)
Permanent collection of Trinity Hospice, London (Great Britain)


Essay by Lavinia Calza (The Carnival of the Animals, 1997)
Essay by Vinca Bigo (La Fête sous la Pyramide, 1999)
Essay by Victor G. Ricardo (Jump into Reality, 2001)
Essay by Bunny Smedley (Jump into Reality, 2001)
Essay by Philip Marsden (The Desert is not Deserted, 2004)
Essay by Bunny Smedley (The Desert is not Deserted, 2004)
Essay by Imogen Lock (The Desert is not Deserted, 2004)
Essay by Luke Elwes (Imaginary Landscapes, 2006)
Essay by Eric Levergois (Promesses sublimes de la nature, 2015)
Essay by Eric Levergois (L'enchantement, 2015)
Essay by Eric Levergois (Au coeur d'un monde lointain, 2015)
Essay by Eric Levergois (Le Vase Bleu, 2015)
Essay by Eric Levergois (Remembering That Late Afternoon, 2007)
Essay by Eric Levergois (The Parrot from Shepherd's Bush, 2007)
Essay by Eric Levergois (Letter, 2015)
Essay by Eric Levergois (Le Coucou au Fond des Bois, 2015)
Essay by Eric Levergois (Rencontre Magique, 2006)
Essay by Eric Levergois (Le Poulpe, 2015)
Essay by Cité du Temps (Geneva, 2016)

"La bonté qui nourrit la beauté ne saurait être identifiée à quelques bons sentiments plus ou moins naïfs. Elle est l'exigence même, exigence de justice, de dignité, de générosité, de responsabilité, d'élévation vers la passion spirituelle.

La vie humaine étant semée d'épreuves, rongée par le mal, la générosité exige des engagements de plus en plus profonds; du coup, elle approfondit aussi sa propre nature et engendre des vertus variées telles que sympathie, empathie, solidarité, compassion, commisération, miséricorde.

Toutes ces vertus impliquent un don de soi, et le don de soi a le don de nous rappeler, encore une fois, que l'avènement de l'univers et de la vie est un immense don. Ce don qui tient sa promesse et qui ne trahit pas est en soi une éthique"

Cinq méditations sur la beauté
François Cheng

Cristina Rodriguez's studio in Geneva, 2013