About Isa Rodriguez

I sit in the sun in front of an enormous apple tree in full bloom
Self Portrait with Apple Blossoms, 2021

Artist Statement:

My name is Isa Rodriguez. I am a Queer, Latinx artist and designer. I write and teach about visual art and creative practice. My work presents creative practice as a technology for liberation.

I believe creativity is a generative force. Anything we do has creative potential because everything we do generates our reality. I want to practice generating liberated futures.

I teach these ideas through a project called Radical Drawing. Radical Drawing is an open, supportive structure for learning about creativity through drawing. It includes interactive books, classes, and a newsletter with free drawing exercises.

My most recent project, Practice Practice, was created in collaboration with Dylan Cale Jones. Practice Practice expands the principles of Radical Drawing and applies them to all kinds of creative practices.

We created Practice Practice because we needed a new definition of success that aligned with our values.

As artists, we were taught to prioritize production and commercial success over everything else, including relationships, resting, sleeping, eating, and mental health. This expectation is harmful and unsustainable.

Practice Practice is a network of resources that helps artists define success for themselves. We teach artists how to create balanced, sustainable practices. We do this by encouraging rest and reflection, which create the space necessary for transformative ideas. Putting those new ideas into action leads to new experiences.

When artists rest and reflect on those experiences, they enter a sustainable cycle of creativity. This cyclical approach supports individual well-being. When we extend this process into our communities, we co-create spaces of care and support for everyone.

Isa Be Rodriguez holds a dry snake skin in their cupped hands.
Self Portrait with Snake Skin, 2022

Artist Bio:

Isa Rodriguez (b. 1989, Albuquerque) is a Queer, Latinx artist and designer based in Oklahoma City. Their interactive projects present creativity as a technology for liberation. Rodriguez collaborates with Dylan Cale Jones as Practice Practice. Together they publish accessible resources for sustaining creative practices.

Rodriguez received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. They completed an MFA through a fully funded fellowship from Algur H. Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX.

They have exhibited in galleries and museums locally and internationally, including the Visual Arts Center (Austin, TX), the Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin, TX), the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (Gimpo, South Korea), and the Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center (Oklahoma City, OK). Past residencies include Ox-Bow (Saugatuck, MI) and SOMA (Mexico City, Mexico).

In 2018, they began a project called Radical Drawing. Between 2018 and 2022 they published the Radical Drawing Newsletter, a free resource for drawing exercises. Their self-published Radical Drawing workbooks include Moon Drawing Magic and Draw Every Day This Week.

In 2021, Rodriguez moved to Oklahoma City. They teach at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Studio School, leading the popular “Bad At Drawing” classes with long-time collaborator Dylan Cale Jones.

Their forthcoming book, In Practice: How to Keep Creating will be published in November 2023.

View my C/V here.


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