Arantxa Ximena Rodríguez

Palmetto Gardens Older Adult Center
"Art: A Catalyst for Inner Connection to Our Higher Self" 
Pronouns: she / her
Artistic Discipline: Visual Arts
Category: SU-CASA
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Bushwick

Arantxa Ximena Rodriguez (AXR) is a Mexican artist living in NYC. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including three solo shows in Mexico City. She has participated in The Affordable Art Fair in NYC, Crossroads Art Fair in Shoreditch London, Museo Internazionale Italia Arte (MIIT) in Turin, and Untitled Art Fair Miami. She has recently participated in the Studio Residency Program at Mass Moca.

AXR has participated in the United Nations annual exhibition in NYC and has made two public murals for Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, funded by The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund in collaboration with NYC Health+Hospitals/ Arts and Medicine and was a recipient of the City Artist Corps grant. Arantxa has been two years in ProjectArts residency program providing art classes to kids. She is currently working for Thrive Collective, creating murals for public schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn. AXR is one of the three awardees of The NYC Mural Arts Project, she is creating a massive mural with the community of East Harlem along with S:US (Service for the Undeserved).

Arantxa has an article in Hyperallergic titled “Why artist should never work without a contract”. She has appeared on TV through The Bronx Voice and selected as “Hero of the day” by Fox5 in 2021. AXR has appeared in several publications in Mexico, the USA and London (The women Book).She holds an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts NYC (SVA), and an undergraduate diploma in Media Communications by Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico, including a yearlong exchange at Regents Business School of London.
Arantxa has been studying Tibetan Buddhism for the past seven years, a philosophy that permeates her whole life and artistic practice.