Artemio Rodriguez was born in Tacámbaro, Michoacán México in 1972. He began by studying agronomy and at sixteen was introduced to art and learned letterpress printing when he apprenticed with master printer Juan Pascoe, at Taller Martin Pescador near his home.
At 21 he moved to Los Angeles where he lived for 15 years. As a printmaker, he works primarily in black and white, which has become his signature style. His work is visually engaging and loaded with content. His influences are European medieval woodcuts and the great Mexican print artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.
His work hangs in art galleries and museums but also has designed skate boards, surf shorts, t-shirts. He has illustrated and published many books, his latest: “American Dream,” a 20-year retrospective of his work. Artemio’s work has influenced many artists and graphic designers, he is regarded as one of the most prominent contemporary printmakers in Mexico as well as in the United States.
He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S., Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Chile and elsewhere. And some of his prints are in the collections of important museums such as: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Hammer Museum, San Diego Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and others.