About

BIOGRAPHY

In years past Rodney Wood was considered by many as the ubiquitous "art guy" of many hats. His true passion lies in a life-long devotion to the Arts. Rodney is an artist that who has also been an educator, arts advocate, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Colorado, he has lived in places as diverse as Breckenridge, San Francisco, Santa Fe and Sedona but would often return to family in the Rocky Mountains. His art career has included: gallery owner, bronze foundry worker, teacher (private/public institutions - elementary through college), non-profit arts administrator, curator, preparator and jewelry designer. As an artist his past work focused on mixed media sculpture, jewelry and metal smithing. He has had solo exhibitions in photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and most recently, painting. With a full commitment to painting, he has disposed of all unrelated tools and materials. Painting has become an obsession and will likely be the media of choice for the rest of his life.

While art is his guiding passion, his life has lead him down many paths. These have included corporate trainer/consultant, ski instructor and as a fencing/pentathlon coach/trainer at the US Olympic Training Center. A gifted and inspirational teacher & motivator, for years he presented workshops and seminars in "Creativity" to groups of all kinds - artists, corporations, non-profit boards, educators and students of all ages. He taught numerous art disciplines: art history, art business, drawing, sculpture, art appreciation, printmaking, and jewerly/metalsmithing. He has served on many boards and steering committees. For 5 years he was the Director of the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. He has curated well over 150 exhibitions and juried at least 100 exhibits. Born in Denver in 1951, he is currently living and painting in Trinidad, CO.

EXHIBITIONS

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"Orale" - Harwood Museum of Art - Taos, NM

"Of Beauties & Beasts" - Clement Gallery - Troy, NY

"Unexpected Intrusions of Beauty" - Kadoya Gallery - Pueblo, CO

"Critterati" - Tri Lakes Center for the Arts - Palmer Lake, CO

"Galerie Vivante" - Modbo/SPQR Galleries - Colorado Springs, CO

"Quadrant Fantasy" - Fantasmus Gallery - Saeby, Denmark

"Symbiosis"  - The Modbo and Rubbish Gallery - Colorado Springs, CO

"Pathos & Eros" - Matrix Fine Art - Albuquerque, NM

"Contemporary Realism" - Matrix Fine Art - Albuquerque, NM

"Still Lifes, Objects & Other Narratives" - Klaudia Marr Gallery - Santa Fe, NM

"Magic - Mystery - Realism" - Thirsty Eye - Ruidoso, NM

"Still Lifes, Objects & Other Narratives" - Klaudia Marr Gallery - Santa Fe, NM

"14th Annual Realism Invitational"  - Klaudia Marr Gallery - Santa Fe, NM

"Illuminaria" - Estel Gallery - Nashville, TN

"Collectors Conference " - featured artist - Los Angeles, CA

"Magic Realism" - solo exhibition at Rubbish Gallery - Colorado Springs, CO

"Goddess Imagery" - Joan Hanley Gallery - La Veta, CO

"Candlepower" - Phototroph Gallery - Colorado Springs

"I-25 Invitational" - Sangre De Cristo Art Center - Pueblo, CO

"Dreams, Nature and Ritual" ( 3 person show) Plantera Group - Colo. Springs, CO

"Occult Penetralia" (one man show of new work and retro spective) Fountain Valley School - Fountain, CO

"Layers of Meanings and Memories" (4 person show) Chaffee County Arts Council - Buena Vista, CO

"Ten by Ten" (curated invitational) - Sangre De Cristo Art Center - Pueblo, CO

"Metalmorphosis, Squint, Red, Into the Looking Glass" Business of Art Center - Manitou Springs, CO

"Recycle Re-Invent" (curated invitational) - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

"Inside Out" (5 person show) - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

"Colo. Arts Education Association 2000" - Tri-Lakes Art Center. CO

"Colorado 2000" (juried show) Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colo. Springs, CO

"Tools as Art" "Mask-O-Rama" "Tattoo as Fine Art" "Artful Toys" Thunderstruck Gallery - Colo. Springs, CO

GALLERY REPRESENTATION - most recent

CLEMENT GALLERY - Troy, NY
MODBO & SPQR - Colorado Springs, CO
CHURCHILL GALLERY - Newburyport, MA
KLAUDIA MARR GALLERY- Santa Fe, NM
MATRIX FINE ARTS - Albuquerque, NM
ESTEL GALLERY - Nashville, TN

AWARDS - Artist

Best Visual Artist 2004 - PAPAA Award - Pikes Peak Arts Council
Best of Show - Goddess Imagery Show- Joan Hanley Gallery
Best Art Exhibition for 2001- The Gazette (Colo. Springs)
Best Visual Artist (1 of 3 finalists) - Pikes Peak Arts Council
Most Creative - The Colorado Springs Independent
Best of Show ( Mask-o-Rama 4) Business of Art Center

AWARDS - Administrator and Owner

2001 Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts BAC
Educators Award 2000 - PPAC Arts, Business and Educators
2001-2003 Best Arts Advocate - The Gazette
1993-2003 - Best Fundraiser, Best Openings, Best Art shows and many more
from local/ regional newspapers and media

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