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This artwork is part of a series entitled ”Inner-Mythological Realms”.
Five of images in the series were created in gouache and ink, on watercolor paper. It describes a fictional universe, an inner panorama, a fantasy mythological world of deities, creatures, symbols, archetypes, and connected dreamscapes, intertwined with the artist’s youth memories in Brazil, and references to daily life in the city of Flagstaff, Arizona, where this work was created. The sixth piece, at the center of it all is the omnipresent red Knot (2005), an ode-symbol to our ever-shifting inner entanglements with existence. The scenes and whimsical realms in this series contains the personal psychological foundation (the artist’s) for a broader and more universal mythology statement, that is an ongoing line of work.
The images present a personal iconography of invented and appropriated symbols, uniquely arranged, combined, transformed, and depicted in cosmo-mythological and archetypal diagrams, as well as in scenes from a mythological pantheon.
Rodrigo de Toledo is a Brazilian-American contemporary artist, designer, and visual communication professor. Inspired by ancient religious icons, mythological archetypes, Jungian psychology, cartoons, and superheroes, his work explores questions of identity and spirituality, as well as the media’s effect on personal memory and fantasy. In the past decade, he has focused on the design of a personal mythology and its visual iconography - an inner research that he describes as psycho-archaeology. Rodrigo employs a surreal pop visual style in cross-media blends of digital imaging, graphic novels, painting, interactivity, installation, and animation. Since 1990 his whimsical imaginary world has been exhibited around the globe in museums, galleries, festivals, and the media. Portfolio and exhibitions list: www.neurondiva.com
Rodrigo started his art education in 1984 at the Museum of Modern Art and Parque Lage School of Visual Arts, in Rio de Janeiro. During that period he also studied video art and music composition. He holds the following degrees: Computer Science Associate (ORT Institute of Technology, Rio de Janeiro, 1987), Bachelor of Industrial Design/ Graphic Design (Faculdade da Cidade, Rio de Janeiro, 1992), and Master of Fine Arts, emphasis in Art and Technology (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1995).
As a digital arts pioneer, in 1987 Rodrigo founded an animation studio in Rio, where he worked until 1993. Rodrigo curated the first nation-wide Digital Painting exhibition in Brazil in 1993. From 1995 to 1999, he worked as an Art Director for NASA Ames Research Center’s Educational Multimedia Research & Development Group in Silicon Valley. There he created award-winning interactive learning projects and technologies for space science education. Following NASA he worked for tech-industry clients as an experience design consultant in San Francisco. Then, in 2002, he joined Northern Arizona University as a professor of Visual Communication, where his teaching has focused on motion design, fictional world design, and graphic design.
SUMMARY OF SHOWS AND FESTIVALS:
Projects exhibited globally in galleries, museums and festivals: Brazil: FestVideo, Gramado; Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim, Rio de Janeiro; FILE Festival 2005, São Paulo; Festival Fotoptica, São Paulo; RioCine Festival, Rio de Janeiro; Centro Cultural Candido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro; Centro Cultural IBM, Curitiba; Centro Cultural Itaú, São Paulo; USA: Siggraph 95, Los Angeles; Truman College Gallery, Chicago; NAU Art Museum, Flagstaff; Coconico Center for the Arts, MOCAF; Flagstaff Modern and Contemporary Gallery; Japan: Myiagi Art Museum, Sendai; Switzerland: Galerie Seï-Un-Do, Zurich; Poland: WRO 90, Wroclaw; Netherlands: Mensen Plottoden Festival, Groningen; ISEA 90, Groningen; Canada: ISEA 95, Montreal; Lennox Contemporary Gallery, Toronto; Argentina: Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo, Santa Fé; France: Montbelliard Festival; Australia: SCAN Festival, Sydney; Italy: Le Lodge Gallery, Assisi; Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice; among others in Croatia, Romania, Armenia, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Norway, Turkey, Mexico, and Cuba.