A Drive-by Open Studio Celebrates the Resilience of Art-making

A Drive-by Open Studio Celebrates the Resilience of Art-making

By Ram Chanty Espinoza Ramírez


World renown artist, Isis Rodriguez opens her garage for a drive-by viewing of her oil paintings and giclees, “Perros Sagrados y Sus Chamanes,” for only two days, Oct. 30 and 31 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Galería Nepantla.


Enduring a deadly pandemic for over six months has not been easy for many people. During Covid-19, we have weathered the loss of millions of lives and businesses. Fear, anger, resentment, and hopelessness has settled into our consciousness creating a mental crisis in humanity in which many of us remain suspended in a polarized world, unable to evolve.


Contemporary artist, Isis Rodriguez, paints mythology that addresses conflicts that divide us with the hope of using her paintings as a tool to help us move toward resolution. In this series of works, Isis paints a shaman warrior with the sacred Mexican dog, the xoloitzcuintle, to symbolize the resilience of mankind and the death of old values that no longer serve us. The xoloitzcuintle is an ancient Mexican dog that was used in funerary rituals to guide souls into the afterlife and Isis uses it as a symbol of spiritual transformation from an old to a new self. 


Isis Rodriguez received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Kansas in 1988 and has been exhibiting internationally for over 25 years. She moved to San Francisco to work on her Master of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California. She settled in the spiritual retreat of San Miguel de Allende in 2011. She opened the doors to her concept gallery in 2017 and named it Galería Nepantla, to educate the public about the 16th century Aztec word, nepantla, which literally means “in the middle of it,” and coincides with her vision of being in the middle of conflict. 


This event is free to the public. For more information, please contact the artist directly at isis@isisrodriguez.com or Galería Nepantla at 415 121 1022.