Puerto Rican artist Gamaliel Rodríguez’s (b. 1977) drawings blur the line between fact and speculative fiction: While he draws from personal memory and historical events, he also imagines the future. His recent series stresses civilization’s fragile relationship with the natural world, triggered by his own experience of living through Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. Known for using ballpoint pen on paper—on both small-scale drawings and 60-foot murals—Rodríguez captures narratives with masterful detail and texture, transporting you to places that may transcend time, but remain rooted in the mess of reality.
Collected by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Recipient of the MacDowell Colony fellowship
MFA from Kent Institute of Art and Design