With all the linear intricacies of Iggy Rodriguez’s pen and ink based creations, one can liken them to labyrinths. Rodriguez confronts viewers with mesmerizing drawings and paintings that suggest narratives about the underlying systems of society, of oppression, of greed, of power. He does so while luring eyes with the stark realism and complexity of his drawn figures, the skin of twisted malformed bodies and the dream-like nightmarish structures that swallow them. One can’t help but get lost and seduced in his cryptic surfaces.
Rodriguez is part of a long Philippine tradition of social realism in art. But while some of the works of his forebears and contemporaries seek to expose, preach, or draw compassion, his images remain dense and inscrutable phantasms that depict evil and suffering.
Raoul Ignacio “Iggy” Rodriguez is a Filipino contemporary artist. He spent the mid-1990s as a member of UGAT Lahi, a progressive artists’ collective known for street murals, effigies. and public protests. He received the grand prize in the pen and ink drawing category of the Art Association of the Philippines Annual Competition in 2001. In 2009, he was awarded the Thirteen Artists Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). He has had several solo and group exhibitions in the Philippines and in countries such as China, Singapore, Italy, Cambodia, England, Malaysia, and South Korea.