Chévere: Irvin Rodriguez

Irvin was born and raised in the Bronx, New York in 1988. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration in 2010. While attending FIT, he studied simultaneously at the Grand Central Academy of Art with a focus on academic drawing. In 2011, Irvin was the Golden Brush Award winner for the 27th L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest. He has also been featured in various publications such as Spectrum 17, Creative Quarterly, 3x3 and CMYK Magazine. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

His practice is centered on painting, primarily figurative work that is grounded in reality. Painterly brushwork and moments of abstraction are utilized to convey subjects and ideas. The works serve as vessels to explore figuration, nature, art history, race and identity.