Charcoal graffiti portraits by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada 1

Daniel, Madrid Spain 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Jorge Rodriguez Gerada was born in Cuba in 1966 and immigrated to the US in 1970. He was a founding member of the Artflux group and part of the Cicada Corps of Artists. In 2002 he started creating large-scale charcoal portraits of anonymous people as part of his Identity Series. In 2008 there was wide media coverage of his large 2 1/2 acre sand painting of Barack Obama. Following is a brief description of Gerada’s goal:

My idea is to show that we should all be seen with dignity. I believe that our identity should come from within not from the brands that we wear. We should question who chooses our cultural icons and role models, our values and aesthetics.

Daniel, Madrid Spain 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Daniel, Madrid Spain 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Daniel (in progress), Madrid Spain 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Daniel (in progress), Madrid Spain 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

lio (in progress), Granada Spain 2008 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

lio (in progress), Granada Spain 2008 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Julio, Granada Spain 2008 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Julio, Granada Spain 2008 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Concepcion, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2005 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Concepcion, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2005 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Neuquen, Barcelona Spain 2002 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Neuquen, Barcelona Spain 2002 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Raquel-Maria, Madrid Spain 2006 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Raquel-Maria, Madrid Spain 2006 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Paco, Barcelona Spain 2004 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Paco, Barcelona Spain 2004 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Jabonero, Tudela de Navarra Spain 2006 by Jorge Rodriquez Gerada

Jabonero, Tudela de Navarra Spain 2006 by Jorge Rodriquez Gerada

 

Maria, Barcelona Spain 2004 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Maria, Barcelona Spain 2004 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Antonio, Madrid Spain 2005 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Antonio, Madrid Spain 2005 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

David, Vitoria Spain 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

David, Vitoria Spain 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Maria Dolors (in progress), Badalona Spain 2008 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Maria Dolors (in progress), Badalona Spain 2008 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Maria Dolors, Badalona Spain 2008 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Maria Dolors, Badalona Spain 2008 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Emma (in progress), Barcelona Spain 2006 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Emma (in progress), Barcelona Spain 2006 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Emma, Barcelona Spain 2006 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Emma, Barcelona Spain 2006 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Sandra (in progress), Sao Paolo Brazil 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Sandra (in progress), Sao Paolo Brazil 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 

Sandra, Sao Paolo Brazil 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

Sandra, Sao Paolo Brazil 2007 by Jorge Rodriguez Gerada

 


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