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Isis Rodriguez is an American born artist from San Francisco California. She has been drawing since a child and received a B.F.A from the University of Kansas 1988 in Painting.  Afterwards, she attended the San Francisco Art Institute to work toward her M.F.A., where she studied sex positive feminism and art for social responsibility. She emerged into the art world, with a solo show was at Galeria de la Raza in 1997, called, "My Life as a Comic Stripper" where she created editorial cartoons to talk about the politics of the sex industry from her experience working as an exotic dancing. After 11 years, she retired from dancing and continued to work as a performance artist and painter to explore feminine archetypes in "The Mexterminator Project of 1998, SOMA, San Francisco, CA USA., where she created a Zapatista Stripper, fighting for the rights of exotic dancers. In 2006, she exhibited,  "Glyphtoons", new female archetypes confronting their fears leaving exotic dancing.

Contemporary myth painter, Isis Rodriguez, working on an oil painting in her artist studio.

Isis Rodriguez in her studio painting, The Initiation", San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico 2017. Photo: Isis Rodriguez

A year later, she  left for Oaxaca Mexico, to immerse herself at the artist residency, "La Curtiduria" to begin  a new series of self reflecting paintings, called, "Legends from the Realm of Nepantla," where she used the masked woman as an archetype protesting shame. Her works were exhibited internationally at  “Insurrectas y Estridentes en México a 100 años de Simone de Beauvoir”, curated by Gloria Maldonado Anso, Cervantino Art Festival in 2008, Guanajuato, Mexico, "Women in Serpent Skirts and Eagle Talons" curated Martina Ayala, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA USA 2020 to name a few.  


Isis relocated to the UNESCO town of San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, in 2010, where she built her concept gallery and studio, Galeria Nepantla, and inaugurated her space with the finished oil paintings, "Legends from the Realm of Nepantla", Galeria Nepantla, San Miguel de Allende, 2017, as a contemporary mythology. 

Out of her concept gallery, Galeria Nepantla,  Isis produced 2 more contemporary mythology art exhibits, "Perros Sagrados y Sus Chamanes" 2018, showing the process of spiritual healing, and "CRUSH! What's Love Got to Do with It," 2020, exploring the complexity of modern love.


Currently, Isis lives in both San Miguel de Allende and the United States where she works full time painting and  investigating topics of conflict and resolution. 

Isis Rodriguez in her costume as a performance artist.

Isis Rodriguez "Zapatista Stripper" performance in "The Mexterminator", San Francisco California 1998 , Photo: Eugenio Castro

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