Latinx Heritage Month Feature: Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez
LatinX is thrilled to introduce Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez for Hispanic Heritage Month, where we celebrate Latinx identity. Víctor is a Costa Rican visual artist born in Turrialba, an agricultural town in the province of Cartago. His close connection to nature as well as his love for the Costa Rican geography fuel the inspirations behind his “organic” art, which uses environmentally-friendly materials. Víctor’s work has been featured in many countries around the world, including Angola, Australia, Chile, Spain, France, U.S., and Chile, and is proud to represent his heritage through his art.
How did you get into the industry? Is it a lot of hard work?
I always loved to draw. My artistry developed as I became of age, and that was when I decided to pursue art as my career. I consider myself blessed because in the five years I have lived as an artist, it has not been hard.
What does it mean to be LatinX in this industry?
It means showing our essence as Latinxs and expressing our human warmth and feelings in art is what is carried to the canvas and that is recognized in several continents since being Latinx is doing everything with love.
What is something about yourself you’re most proud of?
To work with love and honesty, look at the eyes of people who own my art in their home and know that it reaches their hearts.
Who helped you get where you are today?
My father. He died four years ago, and he is an angel in my life. He sent a person by my side who urged me to expose for the first time and after that motivation everything was magical, and to this day, I will always be grateful.
What do you hope to see more in your industry?
I hope to see unity between artists. We all work in the same field, so we should be like brothers; as a union, we can share our works and admire each other’s gifts.