Ismael Ramiro Rodriguez (1970- ): Storm in the Valley, Cuba. Oil on canvas
The body of Rodriguez’ work conveys his deep, spiritual attachment to his native land, and he portrays traditional Trinidad landscape with virtuosic technique as well as mystical prowess. Rodriguez ‘ love of nature is revealed through his rigorous approach to defining every detail, and he succeeds in creating a highly atmospheric work that emanates a soft glow and transcends the topographical elements of the composition. The flurry of showers that appears to obliterate the right side of the canvas conveys a rhythmic energy and spontaneous outburst, suggesting turbulence and passion.