Rodrigo (Roco) Onate

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Artist Statement:
Visual artist, autodidact who was born in the city of Queretaro, Mexico. He began his career as a graphic and plastic artist in 2005. Influenced by the pop culture of the 80s, comics, graffiti, Mexican culture and various artists such as José Cuevas, Frida Kahlo , Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Yoshito Monara, Gary Baseman, among others that are reflected in his visual proposal. Roco generates a combination of colors, textures and shapes that evoke the traditional and cultural graphics of Mexican folk art, through the creation of characters and visual experiences. This is achieved by using different techniques, materials and media, such as digital illustration, watercolors, enamel, spray, acrylic, among others, Roco succeeds in translating his work with great details and textures. Roco has created and participated in various exhibitions, artistic and cultural projects in Mexico and USA.
Relationship to Chicago:
My grandfather on my dads side , was born in Chicago and great part of my family lives there , all my life I've been connected with Chicago and the Mexican-American culture . The City has a great influence in my life and it's a place that inspire me to show my work because a lot of Chicago people live with this same experience coming from a Mexican heritage and miscegenation.
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Places Of Residency:
Queretaro, Mexico; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN.
Art Form:
Drawing, Illustration, Installation, Painting, Printmaking, Urban Art.