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Edel Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1971. He was raised in El Gabriel, a small farm town surrounded by fields of tobacco and sugar cane. In 1980, Rodriguez and his family boarded a boat and left for America during the Mariel boatlift. They settled in Miami where Rodriguez was introduced to and influenced by American pop culture for the first time.  Social justice, poster art, and western advertising are all aspects of his life that continue to inform his work. Recently, Rodriguez’s work has focused on the political issues of our time. Resist. references some of the dangers faced by our country at this time—how a nation built on immigration must stand up for the rights of new immigrants seeking the American dream.

Throughout his career, Rodriguez has received commissions to create artwork for numerous book publishers, advertising agencies, and editorial publications. He is a regular contributor to the The New York Times Op Ed page and The New Yorker magazine. He has created over a hundred newspaper and magazine covers for clients such as TIME Magazine, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Village Voice.  Rodriguez's artwork is in the collections of a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., as well as in numerous private collections. His work has received a variety of awards from The Art Director’s Club and The Society of Illustrators in New York City. 

 

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Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist whose work is regularly published by some of the world’s top publications, such at TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker and Der Spiegel. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Op Ed page and has exhibited internationally with shows in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

Edel Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1971. He was raised in El Gabriel, a small farm town south of Havana. In 1980, Rodriguez and his family boarded a boat and left for America during the Mariel boatlift. They settled in Miami where Rodriguez was introduced to and influenced by American pop culture for the first time.

In 1994, Rodriguez graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and later earned an MFA at Hunter College in Manhattan. Throughout his career, Rodriguez has received commissions to create artwork for numerous book publishers and advertising agencies. He has illustrated over a hundred magazine covers, created numerous book covers for clients such as Simon & Schuster and Peguin Random House, and has created advertising campaigns for clients such as Nespresso, Ray Ban, and Chanel.

Rodriguez has illustrated nine children’s books, two of which he has written. He has created several stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and has illustrated poster and advertising campaigns for many operas, films, and Broadway shows. His work has received numerous awards from The Art Director’s Club and The Society of Illustrators, and is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.