Kay Rodriques

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Tales From Those Who Survived , 2015 Oil, Acrylic, Inks And Light Modeling Paste On Canvas 24 X 12 X 3/4 Inches © Kay Rodriques, 2015
Live Cargo, 2015 Gouache, Watercolor, Charcoal, Pen And Ink With Chine Colle On Matsuo Kozo Paper Mounted On Board 8.5 X 11 Inches © Kay Rodriques 2015
Fire In The Cane Piece, 2014 Gouache And Ink On Paper 8.5 X 10 Inches © Kay Rodriques 2014
Carmen, Longing to Feel the Breath of a Breeze, 2014 Oil, Acrylic, Spray Paint On Board 13.25 X 17.5 X 1/2 Inches © Kay Rodriques, 2014
Soljie on Orange Street, Kingston, Jamaica, 2014 Acrylic, Spray Paint And Ink On Board 12 X 8 Inches © Kay Rodriques, 2014
Sugar Cane Skies and Red Mud Lakes, 2015 Oil, Acrylic, And Hammered Metal On Canvas 12 X 24 X 1/2 Inches © Kay Rodriques, 2015
Horse Head's Happy Dance: Departing Paradise, 2014 Gouache, Watercolor, Inks And Charcoal On Handmade Paper 14 X 11 X 1/2 Inches © Kay Rodriques 2014
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Born Jamaica, 1961

Bay Area based artist, 2010-present

Kay Rodriques’s highly textural miniature drawings and paintings recall a weathered, energetic fairy-tale like world. Rodriques is inspired by history and nature and identifies her role as an artist as observer and investigator of ambiguities. She works in various media -- on paper, canvas, board and metal, with inks, oils, watercolor, gouache and charcoal. 

Rodriques also has a body of work that goes in physically aggressive directions directly contrasting with the intimacy of the miniature work. She assembles the detritus of culture into her ongoing recycling project. These process art serve as a working metaphor for transformation. When not working, she can be found sketching and observing in the mountains and coasts around the San Francisco Bay area.


  • Ruminations, Café Gabriela — Oakland, CA 2015
  • Miniatures and Postcard Series, Cosmo — Oakland, CA 2014
  • 29th Annual Art Auction, White Walls Gallery — San Francisco, CA 2014
  • Visual AIDS Postcards From the Edge, Luhring Augustine Gallery — New York, NY 2014, 2015 

Publications and Reviews

  • Klink, Koney and Kowalski. “55 Inches — Images of Sea Level Rise” Droste Effect. Feb. 2014. PDF file 2014
  • Weems, Carrie. “The Artist as Photographer, Subject and Muse” Droste Effect. Nov. 2013 PDF file 2013
  • Djerassi Artists’ Residency Program. “Decay and Disintegration at Djerassi SMIP Ranch, Woodside” Droste Effect. August 2013. PDF file 2013
  • Hostomsky, Ales BASK. “Übermensch at 1AM, San Francisco” Droste Effect. August 2013. PDF file 2013


  • Private collections — New York, San Francisco, Oakland, and Jamaica 2015 and 2013-2014



My work is informed by an intermingling of art, history and nature. Using traditional materials and found objects I create whimsical, semi-abstract landscapes and figures. Inspirations include the Taino cave art of the Caribbean and patterns found in nature.

My training as a naturalist influences my art. You will often find me with my sketchbook, hiking and backpacking throughout California or exploring the city of San Francisco.

Descriptors of my work:

•   Realism mixed with whimsy

•   Reductive, minimal approach

•   Rely on color and line drawings for impact

•   Opt for close views, small actions, intimacy

Projects: Current projects include two “New World” series of miniature works on paper and three series consisting of a blind poet's hallucinations.

Experiments: I continue to push the boundaries between complementary and non-complementary colors, drawing on the juxtaposition of colors in flora like crotons and Wandering Jews, and also experiment with media and techniques: oils, watercolors, spray-painting, chance, line drawings and collages.

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