Kin is a new series of paintings, created especially for the solo exhibition at Modified Arts Gallery, by Flagstaff-based Brazilian visual artist Rodrigo de Toledo. The work celebrates fantastical ancestors, as portraits transported from the walls of an otherworldly and ageless temple.
In this exhibition, Rodrigo rediscovers the fluidity and energy of the paintings from his career’s beginnings in Rio de Janeiro. Now, playfulness finds a subject on large portraits of creatures and characters from a mythological realm. On a distressed and aged canvas surface, Rodrigo disrupts his pre-established vocabulary and the visual language of comics and cartoons with abstract graphisms and graffiti-like interventions. Rodrigo is back to Phoenix, following a large solo exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, during the summer of 2021.