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 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. These works are published in the catalog Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling. In addition, artworks by Mr. Rodriguez-Baez’s have been selected as covers for two books published by American novelist Troy Davis.
The most recent solo exhibitions by Mr. Rodriguez-Baez include Gallos at Artefactus Cultural Project in Miami, Florida, as well as 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 exhibition took place during the 2015,2016 and 2017 Ohio Latin Americanist Conference at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Being away from his country and its people has filled Mr. Rodriguez-Baez with emotions he has never experienced before. 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.