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Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez, 1997 November 14

Interviewee:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A  Search this
Subject:
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13542
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216456
AAA_collcode_rodrig97
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216456
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Demi

Interviewee:
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Names:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Extent:
22 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 November 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Demi conducted 1997 November 20, by Juan A. Martínez, in Demi's home/studio, Miami, Florida, for the Archives of American Art.
Demi speaks of her birthplace, Camaguey, Cuba; the death of her father in 1960, and being sent to Puerto Rico in 1971; her move to New York, and arrival in Miami in 1978; her theater studies at Miami Dade Community College. She recalls an opening at the Meeting Point Gallery in Coral Gables in 1980, where she met her husband, painter Arturo Rodriguez. She talks about her first painting in 1984, the role Arturo plays in her life, her first exhibition at the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in 1987, and the importance of touching the human spirit.
Biographical / Historical:
Demi (1955- ) is a painter from Miami, Florida. Demi (who uses only her first name) is a self-taught artist born in Cuba. Her husband is the painter Arturo Rodriguez.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 9 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.demi97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-demi97

Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez

Interviewee:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Martínez, Juan A.  Search this
Names:
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Extent:
63 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 November 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Arturo Rodríguez conducted 1997 November 14, by Juan A. Martínez, in Rodriquez's home/studio, Miami, Fla., for the Archives of American Art.
Rodriguez speaks of his birthplace, Ranchuelo, Cuba, his early interest in drawing, his move to Madrid at 16, and his self-directed art education. He discusses the intertwined relationship of literature, poetry, and music. He comments on Spanish realists such as Antonio Lopez Quintanilla and American expressionists Willem de Kooning and others. He also recalls his exhibitions and art collectors, particularly Judith and William Ladner. He describes his paintings as a combination of expressionism, realism, surrealism, abstraction, and a pessimistic vision of the human condition.
Biographical / Historical:
Arturo Rodríguez (1956- ) is a painter from Miami, Fla. Rodriguez is a self-taught artist born in Cuba. His wife is the painter, Demi.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 17 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Expatriate artists -- Florida -- Miami -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Cuba -- Interviews  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Cuban American art  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rodrig97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rodrig97

Arturo Rodríguez to Helen L. Kohen

Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Kohen, Helen L.  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
ca. 1990
Topic:
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1635
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Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1635

Arturo Rodríguez Christmas card to Helen L. Kohen

Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Kohen, Helen L.  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
not before 1982
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1652
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Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1652
Online Media:

Arturo Rodríguez, Miami, Fla. to Helen L. Kohen, Miami, Fla.

Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Kohen, Helen L.  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1993 Feb. 8
Topic:
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1658
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Helen L. Kohen papers, 1978-1996
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1658
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez, 2020 August 26

Interviewee:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gillespie, Benjamin, 1988-  Search this
Subject:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Video recordings
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21960
AAA_collcode_rodrig20
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_21960

Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016

Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Subject:
Goldman, Shifra M.  Search this
Hassold, Cris  Search this
Kohen, Helen L.  Search this
Verdecia, Carlos  Search this
Wojnarowicz, David  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Interviews
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Women  Search this
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5536
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216325
AAA_collcode_rodrartu
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Women
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216325
Online Media:

Alejandro Anreus and Arturo Rodríguez Momento Mori manuscript, 2010

Creator:
Anreus, Alejandro, 1960-  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Anreus, Alejandro, 1960-  Search this
Topic:
Poets -- New Jersey -- Roselle Park  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21695
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)398493
AAA_collcode_anrealej
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_398493

Oral history interview with Arturo Rodríguez

Interviewee:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gillespie, Benjamin, 1988-  Search this
Names:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((23 min.), digital, mp4)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Video recordings
Date:
2020 August 26
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Arturo Rodríguez conducted 2020 August 26, by Benjamin Gillespie, for the Archives of American Art's Pandemic Oral History Project at Rodríguez's home and studio in Miami, Florida.
Biographical / Historical:
Arturo Rodríguez (1956- ) is a Cuban born painter in Miami, Florida.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the papers of Demi and Arturo Rodríguez.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
This interview is open for research.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its Oral History Program interviews available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. Quotation, reproduction and publication of the audio is governed by restrictions. If an interview has been transcribed, researchers must quote from the transcript. If an interview has not been transcribed, researchers must quote from the audio recording. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Florida -- Miami  Search this
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.rodrig20
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rodrig20
Online Media:

Biographical Material

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Extent:
4 Folders (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1957-2013
Scope and Contents:
Biographical materials include documents of Arturo Rodríguez's involvement in Karate and Judo; family histories that contain childhood photographs, notes, and other documents about Demi and Arturo's families; and Arturo's resumes.
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.rodrartu, Series 1
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref1

Childhood Documents, Karate and Judo

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1979
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref10

Travel

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994-2008
Scope and Contents:
Includes a list of trips taken from 1983 to 2008.
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Series Rights:
A photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero is publication restricted.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 9: Photographic Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref100

Works of Art by Arturo

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1986
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Series Rights:
A photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero is publication restricted.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 9: Photographic Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref102

Works of Art, Collage Series Demi by Arturo

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1993
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Series Rights:
A photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero is publication restricted.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 9: Photographic Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref103

Works of Art by Demi

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 29-30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1995-2010
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Series Rights:
A photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero is publication restricted.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 9: Photographic Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref104

Works of Art by Others

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Series Rights:
A photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero is publication restricted.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 9: Photographic Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref106

Others, Bebo Valdés

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 2005
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Series Rights:
A photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero is publication restricted.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 9: Photographic Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref107

Clippings

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1993-1997
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 7: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref108

Posters

Collection Creator:
Rodríguez, Arturo, 1956-  Search this
Demi, 1955-  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2007
Collection Restrictions:
One folder of samples of payments for sales is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
Photograph of Demi by Ramon Guerrero: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Demi. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers, circa 1957-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers
Demi and Arturo Rodríguez papers / Series 7: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-rodrartu-ref109

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