2003, Volume 1, Number 6
Born Julio Cesar Rodriguez in Havana Cuba, March
16, 1956. Oldest of four siblings. Hid father passed away in
1967 due to complications of diabetes. He showed promise and
passion for drawing and coloring since an early age. He came
to the United States in 1968 with his mother and three siblings
to escape communism and settled with other family in Chicago.
He attended DePaul University 74-79 while working on pre-med
major. Somewhere along the way college derailed into a computer/programming
career, and is still at it twenty-five years later. Married in
1980 to Maria (also from Cuba), he has two boys Jorge (17) and
Julio (13). He graduated from Northeastern University with a
degree in Liberal Arts in 1994. Julio enjoys coaching kids baseball
and basketball for the last ten years.
has a background in art with many college courses in art history,
watercolor, oil painting and sculpture. Julio
also has a background in color and black and white photography,
with a darkroom setup in his basement. He has a preference for
large format photography using 4X5" and 5x7" cameras.
He enjoys an occasional traditional sumi-e painting and writing
poetry. You can see some of his work and other personal interests
1997 Julio became interested in woodblock printmaking. It became
a passion after joining "Baren" (barenforum.org),
an internet forum/group of printmaking enthusiasts founded by
David Bull (Tokyo, Japan) that exchanges information and prints,
as well as discussing all types of woodblock related issues and
ideas. He has curated several large exhibitions of Baren's print
exchanges (1999, 2000, 2003) in Skokie. He is primarily interested
in learning the traditional moku-hanga technique as practiced
in Japan for hundreds of years. Julio participated in twenty
formal print exchanges by the group since 1998. He is also the
editor for Baren-suji the group's newsletter. Julio
is working at coming to grips with direction in his art and exploring
ways to enhance his printmaking experience while combining new
and old techniques.
Favorite artists : Kathe Kollwitz, Fritz Eichenberg,
Ando Hiroshige, Toshi Yoshida, Paul Jacoulet.
Since 1999 he has participated in group exhibitions
all across the USA and other countries.
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