Eldis Rodriguez-Baez (B. 1970, Cuba) is a graduate from the University of Havana (1992) with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Foreign Language and Literature. He spent his childhood, his youth, and great part of his adult life in his native Cuba. Before his relocation to the USA in 2009 to live and work, he traveled throughout South America for almost a decade. His works are now part of private collections here in the USA, as well as in Canada, Switzerland, Cuba, Chile, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru.
Two of Mr. Rodriguez-Baez’s works, Las Vacas Locas and Loneliness, won the 2014 annual Incite Mixed Media Competition sponsored by CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books. Las Vacas Locas was published in the catalog Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling. In addition, artworks by Mr. Rodriguez-Baez have been selected as covers for two books published by American novelist Troy Davis, and for Antologia de Cuentos (Publicaciones Entre Lineas, 2015)
The most recent solo exhibitions by Mr. Rodriguez-Baez include Gallos at Artefactus Cultural Project in Miami, Florida, The Language of Mixed Media at Christopher-Amira Studio, Havana Colors at Negative Space, and Havanacolors.com in Art Fairs at the 78th Street Studios Third Fridays in Cleveland, Ohio. Furthermore, Mr. Rodriguez-Baez dedicated his solo exhibition Havanacolors.com in Fundraising to Change of Direction, an organization aimed at helping youth at a social disadvantage. His most recent group exhibitions took place during the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019 Ohio Latin Americanist Conference at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He has also been published three times in CAN JOURNAL: summer 2017, fall 2017, and fall 2019.
Being away from his country and its people has filled Mr. Rodriguez-Baez with emotions he wouldn’t have felt otherwise. Painting has been an escape back to his memories, a way of bringing the colors of Havana back to life in his heart and imagination.