Hey! I’m Rodrigo, I was born in a coastal and colorful neighborhood in Lima called Miraflores, just a couple of months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I’m a Peruvian-Palestinian professional visual artist and a world traveler who grew up between Peru and the United States. I’m now based between my hometown and Oslo, Norway. For fifteen years, I’ve been testing new artistic and creative methodologies worldwide that I’ve applied both in my art and life. I thrive to combine intellectual and emotional labor with professional and life experience. As a holistic life-crafter, the tools I’ve created are inspired and inform by the wildest life experiences you can imagine.
My scope of action goes beyond the arts, as I’ve also been practicing as a consultant, coach, researcher, community organizer, and mediator. In my spare time, I’m keen to study various subjects such as philosophy, economy, politics, the human, creative writing, and diplomacy (the ‘art of handling hearts’). I also take spontaneous and playful journeys into the unknown, as I aim to become a better ‘wayshower’ for myself and others. I also find joy in being an unconventional leader, as my clairsentient, intuitive, and being an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) are of great assistance in this quest. Furthermore, I’m the founder of three grassroots for social good and positive cultural impact. I have designed and produced dozens of public art projects worldwide. I have worked with renown public and private cultural agencies both in Europe and Latin America. As an artist and changemaker, I give myself to the task of leading transformational change in our communities and society as a whole.
Early in 2020, I co-initiated the national grassroots initiative Verdensrommet | mutual support network for immigrant artists in Norway. I’m also a founding member of the artist-run mediation platform The Union, and founder of the indigenous-contemporary art center Machaqmara Center for the Arts. I have held previous positions in arts management and art production at OSLO PILOT, Ekebergparken, OsloBiennalen, and UKS (Young Artists’ Society). I hold an MFA in Art and Public Space from Kunsthøgskolen I Oslo and a BFA with a major in Sculpture from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. In addition, I was one of UKS deputy board members and Samspill International Music Network board member in recent years.
I have received institutional support, collaborated and/or developed artistic projects with, among others, Kultur- og likestillingsdepartement (The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Equality), Norsk Kulturråd (Arts Council Norway), European Cultural Foundation, Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten (Department of Culture Affairs, the City of Oslo), Innlandet Fylkeskommune, Nordisk Kulturkontakt (Nordic Culture Point), OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway), KORO (Kunst i Offentligrom / Public Art Norway), NBK (Norske Billedkunstnere / The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists), UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Young Artists’ Society), BKH (Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond / The Relief Fund for Visual Artists), Balansekunst (The Art of Balance), BKV (Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond / Norwegian Visual Artists Fund), Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (Oslo National Academy of the Arts).
I’m a member of the following trade unions: NBK (Norske Billedkunstnere / The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists), CREO (Forbundet for Kunst og Kultur / The Union for Arts and Culture), PAO – Performance Art Oslo, KORO (Public Art Norway)’s public art curators and art consultants network, BIEN Norge (Grunninntekt / Basic Income Earth Network), and Socialistisk Venstreparti / Socialist Left Party Norway.