Alfredo Rodriguez, b. 1954, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
For Alfredo Rodriguez, painting was as much a part of childhood development as learning to walk or speak. Some of his earliest memories are of illustrating classroom assignments and painting portraits of family members with one of his earliest gifts, a set of watercolors from his mother at the age of six. Born and raised in Mexico in a family of nine children, Alfredo used his God-given talent to supplement his family's income needs.
His visits to the Indian Reservations in Mexico and watching American Western movies developed a deep interest in portraying the American West of the 1800's in his work. His subjects include the Cowboy, Navajo and Plains Indians, Mountain Men, Prairie and Pioneer Settlers and Miners from the California and Colorado Gold Rush.
Rodriguez has lived in California since 1975, but continues to travel regularly to Indian Reservations and locations around the country researching, studying and painting studies for his major pieces.