Daniel Rios Rodriguez at Lulu / Mexico

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
23/9 20/11, 2016 
Bajio 231 (corner of Manzanillo).
Colonia Roma, 06760 CDMX
Open Saturdays from 2 to 6 pm and otherwise by appointment

Daniel Rios Rodriguez
23/9 20/11, 2016
Lulu is pleased
to present a solo exhibition of the San Antonio-based painter Daniel Rios
Known for his
small, highly detailed and thickly impastoed approach to picture making, Rios
Rodriguez depicts memento mori, still lives, landscapes and autobiographical
scenes. Often including found elements, such as rocks, shells and feathers,
which he incorporates into his densely textured surfaces, he builds frames for
his paintings with materials such as wood and rope, which become part of the
work itself. His intimately-scaled and unconventional paintings have been
compared to the collages of Picasso, Paul Klee, Merlin James, the early work of
Jean Dubuffet, and perhaps most significantly, the Texas-born painter and
eccentric Forrest Bess, while nevertheless being notoriously unplaceable.
For his
exhibition at Lulu, the artist will present a new suite of his singular and
idiosyncratic paintings. Strongly representative of his unique mode of making,
the new works demonstrate virtuosic color combinations while continuing to
integrate mundane and unexpected materials, like burned match sticks, wheat,
rocks, charred wood chips, so on and so forth. As such, by weaving together the
aesthetic of, say, the thrift store and arts and crafts with a history of art
that includes everything from Impressionism to the assemblage techniques of the
50s as well
as the above mentioned painters, these works directly speak to the artist
s ongoing adherence to the minor and the marginal as a serious and
committed position in contemporary art. 
Daniel Rios
Rodriguez (Born in Killeen, TX, 1978) received his MFA from Yale in 2007. He
lives and works in San Antonio. A selection of recent solo exhibitions includes
(2016) Western Exhibitions, Chicago; (2015) Artists Looking at Art, McNay Art
Museum, San Antonio. Recent group exhibitions include (2016) The Faraway
Inside, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY; A Change of Heart, Hannah
Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles (2015) And There Is An End, James Harris Gallery,
Seattle; Figuratively, Wilkinson Gallery, London; And There Is An End, Roberts
& Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles. In 2017, he will have a solo at Nicelle
Beauchene, NYC.
Lulu is an
independent, Mexico City-based project space founded and run by the artist
Martin Soto Climent and the independent curator Chris Sharp.