I straight away felt in love with his art. It was one of the sketches posted on Instagram that wanted me to dig in more, follow and observe different stages of his art creation.

Ellington Illustration

Sam Rodriguez was born and raised in San Jose, California and his journey with art started aged 11 by doing graffiti. In the early days spent a lot of time tagging. Just like any form of calligraphy you have to do it repeatedly to properly learn it and it’s hard to do it well. For those who aren’t familiar with graffiti culture tagging has a bit of a bad stigma. The main reason for that is because it’s recognized as vandalism. However it helps build up position in graffiti circle it’s kind of silent social networking.


Later on Rodriguez received a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. From 2005-2007 worked with artist Mel Chin on a permanent installation for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, CA. His work has been exhibited at Anno Domini, Oakland Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art and Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana.



SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART: Mural dedicated to Typographical expression.

Nowadays Sam Rodriguez is working in the fields of graphic/industrial design, public art and illustration.


Memory & Hybrid Identity / MACLA Gallery

 He is known as an emerging artist who works in various mediums including design, walls, paintings and drawings. Rodriguez re-constructs moments through a mix of figurative and abstract work. He has a strong interest in topographical portraiture that is inspired by social, historic, and cultural hybrid. As he describes it: “The method that I’m inspired by is diagrammatic drawings that industrial designers employ. I break down a subject matter into simpler geometric forms to understand how it is telling the view that it is a form in the first place. Each portion of the face I’m sketching is assigned textile patterns, organic or geometric shapes, various skin tones, etc.”



Sam Rodriguez has been passionate for the visual communication of letters and the emotive power of words and type.



I personally love his project Visual Mixtape in collaboration with Public Meridian.


Visual Mixtape- Bjork

For more information please visit Sam Rodriguez official  website or you can also follow him on twitter it’s really worth it.