Born and raised in the United States, Isis is the daughter of a Mexican father and a Puerto Rican mother. She is a mestiza, a woman of mixed race who synthesizes multiple cultural and artistic influences and symbols.
Ever since she was a child, Isis liked to draw. She copied Hannah-Barbera and Walt Disney cartoons by hand making sure to get their porportions just right. Those drawings, she considers, were her first lessons in art. She received her degree in painting from the University of Kansas and moved to San Francisco California to pursue her career as an artist. There, she became influenced by underground comics and became an exotic dancer to investigate sex positive feminism, ridding herself of shame. Her controversial solo show "My Life as a Comic Stripper" debuted in 1997 at the Galería de la Raza, and later that year she was recognized as one of San Francisco's most promising artists in the show "Bay Area Now" at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "My Life" attracted world renown performance artist, Guillermo Gomez Peña, who she collaborated with & created several different archetypes for his project, "The Mexterminator", one called, "The Zapatista Stripper" where she first performed a masked woman.
In 2000, Isis shifted the focus of her art from revolution to evolution with a new series of paintings about spiritual transformation called "Glyphtoons". Her focus on spirituality intensified in 2008 when she immersed herself in a six-month artist residency at the Curtiduría in Oaxaca, Mexico to begin the series "Legends from the Realm of Nepantla". The artist once said,
"The Zapatista Stripper" me perseguía durante los siguientes años. Y decidí que realmente necesitaba enfrentar su misterio y conexión conmigo. Y me di cuenta de que al hacerlo, tenía problemas no resueltos de culpa, vergüenza y culpa que contribuían a la ira, el resentimiento y la indignidad que sentía, una vez que me retiré del baile exótico. Me volví a mi serie más reciente en busca de alivio para superarlos ".
Currently, Isis paints and teaches in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
© 2016 by Isis Rodríguez