“Bastida Rodriguez, the outdoor artist”



The Artist

JOE BASTIDA RODRIGUEZ studied at the Dominican Art Institute in Florence, Italy, graduated from Dominican College in Houston, TX with a B.A. in Painting and Sculpture, and earned his MFA in Spatial Arts from San José State University in San José, CA. Rodriguez has held director and manager positions across various arts agencies including stops in Washington D.C., Houston, Venice, CA and San José. His artwork is part of public and private collections around the country and has been showcased in museum and gallery exhibitions in many cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Denver, Albuquerque, Oakland and Houston to name a few.

What Influenced my Work

My work is influenced by early California Impressionists like Guy Rose and Edgar Payne, as well as Bay Area artists including Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn and Terry St. John. I take my cues from the intersection of Impressionism and Abstraction and seek vivid imagery spanning locations from scenic landscapes at regional parks to breath-taking coastal views.


 “Joe Bastida Rodriguez: A Journey of Memory”, Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, CA
(artist-in-resident, 12.10.18 – 02.16.19)


 “Jive Java Artist Group”, Citadel Studios Gallery, November 2015, San Jose CA;


“Imminent Terrain”, Citadel Studios Gallery, September 2014;

“Shelter”, WORKS/San Jose and Citadel Studios Gallery, April 2014;


 “Laughing Bones/Weeping Hearts”, Installation title, “Recounting And Honoring Family,

 Oakland Museum of California, October – November 2006;


“Altars and Offerings for the Days of the Dead”, Oakland Museum of California, November 1997;


“Families; Rebuilding, Reinventing, Recreating”, Installation title, “In His Name”, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA, November 1996 – January 1997;


“Estrellas, Escaleras y Corazones”, d.p. Fong Galleries, San Jose, CA, September-October 1996;


“La Voz”, Installation, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, May-August 1996;


“Rooms and Windows for the Dead”, Installation title, “Ofredas Unidas”, site specific work at Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, November 1992;


“Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation”, Wight Art Gallery UCLA; Los Angeles, CA, National Tour: National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM;  Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA and other national and international museums, September, 1990-93;


“LA Expressions: The Cultural Shift”, LA County Museum of Art;  Los Angeles, CA, August 1990; and


“Selections from Self Help Graphics”, Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdale Art Park, Los Angeles, CA, June-July 1990.