Kyle Rodriguez has a connection to Estonia, through his experiences of the culture and having a deep attachment, he has visually responded through photography and illustration that are varied in forms of visual communication.
Kyle Rodriguez has found the country to be a country of warmth, despite the cold winters. Estonia resembles something of traditional beauty which is contrasted in the shadow of the soviet union, and the culture is diverse and progressive where values and pride are at the upmost explication. The land it self is a thing of majestic ancient mystery that echo's through the great expanses of pine forest, and met by the whisper of the baltic sea.
Kyle Rodriguez was shown and brought to visit Hiiumaa, an island which is off the mainland of Estonia. He was shown in a time where the island was preparing for the sleep and slow times of winter, however the great island offered peace and solitude to the artist, and he was humbled to be shown the beautiful and tranquil land. These events shaped the artist and he is forever connected to Estonia through dreams and memory.
This work is currently a working progress.
Kyle Rodriguez in is a musical duo called Du Vide. Kyle is a song writer and plays guitar, piano as well as singing. He co writes with George Hutton and the pair deliver a gypsy jazz- blues inspired affectation.
Kyle Rodriguez as well with George is currently working on album art work and further videos as well as graphic Design. The band formed in Autumn 2021 and works will continue into further next year.
Covid 19 effected Kyle Rodriguez as much as anyone else, the time in great distance to others had a profound effect on the artist. He was aware of the uncertain times and hardships that the pandemic caused and responded visually with a series of dystopian illustrations. The artist was teaching art and had to continue his job role whilst protecting and minimising the risk of exposure.
Whilst this time proved useful for the artist to commit further to art, the isolation certainly was a challenge to the artist. He spent his time however with his adopted family.
This work gathered some pace however due to nature of the works the artist completed the works in haste after producing these images.
Kyle Rodriguez has travelled to Paris several times in his lifetime. He has love and connection for the place and found it to be home for himself and bohemia and the arts, he likes many before him have adopted Paris as a home.
Kyle Rodriguez frequented tabac bars and cafe's and conversed with and indulged on the Parisian night life.
As well as having a strong love for poetry, the artist encapsulated these themes through a series of photographs and illustrations.