ENDEVOUR: Solo by Iggy Rodriguez

EnDevour, ‘Iggy Rodriguez”s first solo exhibition in Malaysia, impels rumination on the consequences of conflict and subjugation,  provoking discourse on how dignity and the human spirit are consumed in the shadow of neocolonial and neoliberal policies. This collection presents critical perspectives on socio political issues through Rodriguez’s signature detailed pen and ink drawings and grey toned oil paintings with red orange undertones that, like persistent concerns on human conditions, restlessly flame and break out from beneath.

​Iggy Rodriguez, is both  a political activist and an artist. He was first introduced to the protest art scene in the early 90’s whilst at University of Santo Tomas University through his involvement with the politically engaged Artist collective UGAT Lahi. The group attempted to trigger discussions on Filipino politics through workshops, performance protests and installations. Currently less active, Rodriguez still uses his art as a platform for conversation and reflection on social issues. Although aware of the limitations of art in affecting change, Rodriguez nevertheless sees his practice and the legacies of Social Realism- a major influence on the artist- as an important strategy to connect and engage audiences, both in and outside the gallery, with socio political issues.​

2012-14 / Oil on canvas / 152.5 x 152.5cm
Devolved Status 3
2014 / Oil on canvas / 137 x 122cm

Ode to the Syndicate of Follies
2014 / Oil on canvas / 152.5 x 122cm

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Born in 1983 in Andhra Pradesh. Veguri Ravindra Babu did his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Andhra University at Vishakhapatnam. He proceeded to complete his Master of Fine Arts from Jamia University, New Delhi in 2008. He was awarded HRD National Scholarship in 2006.

He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions since 2003. He held solo and group exhibitions at the Department of Fine Arts, Andhra University in 2006. In July 2009 he conducted a solo exhibition at the elite European Business Group event at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. February 2011 witnessed an exposition of his Installation on Noise Pollution titled Aspiring Reconciliation at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai. This was followed by a solo show of his Installation and Paintings at High Street, Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mumbai in April 2011.

His artworks have been exhibited in various group shows in different parts of India and the Department of Fine Arts, Andhra University in the years 2003 to 2006. In Bangalore at the Leela Galleria on April 2010. Moving upwards to Mumbai - at the Aura Art Inaugural Show at Nehru Centre in January 2008, followed by group exhibitions at Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel and Bombay Exhibition Centre both in the same year.

His paintings were featured prominently at Mumbai’s mega art event called The India Art Festival held at Nehru Centre in November 2011 and more recently at The Indian Dental Conference in February 2012 at Bandra Kurla Complex. Further, in the West his artworks have featured in landmark group exhibitions at prestigious venues in Gujarat - at the Science Centre in Surat in October 2011 and the L & P Hutheesing Visual Arts Centre in Ahmedabad on December 2011.His paintings were widely appreciated by NRI’s at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas celebrations in Jaipur, Rajasthan in January 2012. He also have showcased his artworks in a group exhibition in September 2010 at the epicenter, Gurgaon, Haryana, North India.

Antiquated Carol
2011 / Acrylic & oil on canvas / 213 x 213cm
Trumpets of Fortune
2012 / Oil on canvas / 213 x 213cm
Clockwork Orange
2013 / Oil on canvas / 122 x 183cm