The world that Francisco Rodriguez paints is one of magical realism, a hybrid of the fantastical and the everyday. His visual language references that of film and comics, creating a storyboard of compositions and inviting the viewer to explore the potential narrative links between them. In doing so the audience is rendered complicit, both participant and outsider, insomniac voyeur awaiting the next act.
Francisco Rodríguez was born in 1989 in Santiago, Chile and lives and works in London. He studied BFA Painting at Universidad de Chile, Santiago and graduated with an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include The Silence that lives in houses, Cooke Latham Gallery, London, UK (2022); In The Night We Believe, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, UK (2020); Cuaderno Canario, Galeria Leyendecker, Madrid, Spain (2020); Midday Demon, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, US (2019); The Burning Plain, Cooke Latham Gallery, London, UK (2018); Utopías y Desvelos, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile (2018). Recent group exhibitions include A Higher Calling, WHITE SPACE (Shunyi), Beijing, China (2021); The Drawing Biennial 2021, The Drawing Room, London, UK (2021); Gran Sur, Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid, Spain (2020); Wolves by the Road, Assembly House, Leeds, UK (2019); Colectiva 92, Galería AFA, Santiago, Chile (2019); FBA Futures 2019, Mall Galleries, London, UK (2019); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, South London Gallery, London, UK (2018). Rodriguez’s works are included in several public and private collections including the DLA Art Collection, V&A Museum, London, Colección Fundación Engel, Chile and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), Chile.