Maria Isabel Rodriguez’s work delves into the profound essence and enduring beauty of life, even in the face of adversity. Her art is a passionate reflection that intuitively captures vibrant colors and rhythmic forms, particularly through conceptual floral representations.
Growing up amidst the turmoil of civil war-torn Guatemala and navigating the challenges of mental health within her family, Rodriguez developed a deep appreciation for the transformative power of art. Her experiences as a well-traveled individual and an immigrant to Canada have further shaped her artistic journey, fueling her desire to rediscover her present-day self through the spontaneous expression and catharsis of paint on canvas.
Rodriguez lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Having initially established herself through notable achievements in fashion illustration and textile design in Canada, she eventually yearned for a greater sense of personal freedom and purpose. This led her to immerse herself in a fine arts studio practice, dedicating her energy to independent painting. Today, her works grace the walls of local art galleries, international publications, and private international collections, showcasing her unique artistic vision and evocative style.
Being born and growing up during the civil war in Guatemala created in me emotions of rage, fear, and uncertainty, like those I feel when facing mental illness within my family.
Suffering is an inextricable part of life that paradoxically coexists with happiness as dialectical oppositions. The beauty of a fertile and colorful country serving as inspiration in my work, as well as the unconditional love for my loved ones who struggle with these illnesses, have led me to explore the conflicting emotions they hold.
Through my work painting flowers, I evoke the reconciliation of both feelings by using them as an analogy, in which, like the human mind, they possess the qualities of being resilient and fragile at the same time.
My intention is to create more awareness by removing the stigma towards mental illness, recognizing that just as flowers are part of the ecosystem, mental illness is part of our society, equally beautiful.
We can find joy in the midst of suffering!