Daniel Rios Rodriguez (b. 1978, Killeen, TX) is a painter who lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. His vibrant, formally playful, small-scale landscape and still life paintings celebrate regionalism through embracing a southwestern folk aesthetic, while reflecting his Mexican-American heritage, and the legacy of American masters like Forrest Bess and Arthur Dove.
This new body of work sees the artist at once exploring a personal symbolism in greater depth and expanding his material vocabulary to include terra cotta. The imagery, which consists primarily of landscapes, still lifes and patterned motifs, is marked by the landscape of the American southwest, his Mexican-American heritage, pre-columbian iconography, and the painting of American masters such as Forrest Bess and Arthur Dove. The work’s small scale, vibrant palette, and multiplicity of textures conspire toward a unique experience of painting as intimate as it is captivating.
Lulu was founded by the artist Martin Soto Climent and the curator Chris Sharp in Mexico City in 2013. A hybrid between a project space and a commercial gallery, Lulu hosts exhibitions of artists from all of the over the world, as well as the triennial exhibition, The Lulennial, in a space measuring in total 21 square meters/240 square feet. In 2019, Lulu was invited by the Palais de Tokyo to host a retrospective of its program inside a one-to-one replica of the space.