b. Mexico DF, Mexico.1980. Lives and works in Mexico City.
The work of Rodolfo Díaz Cervantes, a self-taught artist educated in architecture and fine-art photography, has gained renown for a focus on composition and representation. Through material exploration and by devising simple and repeatable processes, his work valorizes improvisation, accidents, neurological impulses and small repeated acts. Such methods offer new paths and unexpected results. His art is predicated on a core of disparate concepts ranging from: language to geometry, materials and medium, playfulness and error. Through cyphers and codes (or the lack thereof), Rodolfo seduces spectators in games of repetition, form, and sequence. Decomposition, randomness, control, freedom, color series, perspectival illusions, repetition and variation,and memory are all means Rodolfo uses to communicate narrative, meaning, and intent. Each work’s trajectory suggests the presence of thresholds for guidelines. Through a scalar macro/micro interplay, we are can discern a meticulous and perceptive thought process, exemplified by his motto, “I stop at nothing.” The oeuvre of Rodolfo Díaz Cervantes is the result of self-imposed methodological constraints, linguistic permutations, creative intuitions, and material trials. At every step he questions or subverts established compositional notions in architecture and sculpture by perhaps: visualizing mathematical relations through material trials, developing murals from frameworks of logic, reconstituting knowledge spatially, or placating subconscious obsessions.
In 2005 he was the recipient of the Young Creators FONCA Fellowship, which became a springboard from which to initiate his artistic exploration. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as the atelier manager for Damian Ortega, while simultaneously developing his own multi-disciplinary practice. In 2009 he and Marco Rountree founded the collective Vigueta y Bovedilla, selected to participation in the 2010 Venice Art Biennial. He established Taller Tornel in 2012 where he remains its principal.