IRVIN RODRIGUEZ was born and raised in the Bronx, New York in 1988. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration in 2010. While attending FIT, he also studied cast and figure drawing at the Grand Central Academy of Art.
Irvin was a recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. In 2011, Irvin was the Golden Brush Award winner for the 27th L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest. He has been featured in various annuals and publications such as American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier by Juliette Aristides, The Society of Illustrators Annual, Spectrum 17, Creative Quarterly, 3x3 and CMYK Magazine.
In 2017, Irvin had his debut solo exhibition, "Human/Nature" at Sirona Fine Art in Hallandale Beach, Florida. He has taught workshops and exhibited internationally in London, UK, Bogota, CO, Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, New Jersey and New York City. He currently works and teaches in New York.
His practice is focused on painting and drawing, using the figure as a primary form of communication. Subjects include family members, friends and sitters, each of whom have a story to tell. Methods of representation are used to engage in a visual dialogue about race, identity, history and the human experience.