Tino Rodriguez

Artist Tino Rodríguez will speak at the San Jose Museum of Art on Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. The San Francisco artist, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, will discuss his art, inspiration, and his work on the music video for Antony and the Johnsons’ song “Epilepsy is Dancing.” Directed by the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix), the video projects Rodríguez’s paintings out of the canvas and explores the connections between two- and three-dimensional work. Rodríguez’s painting El Amante (The Lover) is featured in the current exhibition Real & HyperReal. Admission to the talk is $5 (free to SJMA members). Doors open at 6 p.m.

Rodríguez (b. 1965) paints highly detailed jewel-toned canvases influenced by the techniques and imagery of sources including Old Master paintings, the Mexican Surrealists, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and the art he encountered in the Catholic churches of his native Mexico.

Drawn from SJMA’s permanent collection, Real & HyperReal contrasts traditional academic realism with new approaches that redefine reality. In addition to Rodríguez the exhibition includes works by Sandow Birk, James Doolin, Llyn Foulkes, Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, Michael C. McMillen, John Register, Richard Shaw, Catherine Wagner, and Paul Wonner. Real and HyperReal is on view through August 1, 2010.

The San Jose Museum of Art is located at 110 South Market Street in downtown San Jose, California.

Monica Turner
Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.