Irvin Rodriguez

Illustrator Judge – Biography

Irvin Rodriguez

Irvin Rodriguez is a visual artist whose work offers a synthesis of painting and drawing inspired by the European masters and painters of the 19th century, paired with the narrative influence and aesthetics of illustration and contemporary art. Rodriguez’s artistic practice involves multiple disciplines, from analog to digital media, which result in figurative compositions and portraits that communicate individual and collective experiences.

Born in the Bronx, New York in 1988, Rodriguez graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration (2010), while simultaneously studying at the Grand Central Atelier (2008-2010), and later at the Art Students League of NY (2013-2016). Since then, Rodriguez has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Europe, South America, and the United States, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the 2019 The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship, and the 2019 Donald Jurney Travel Fellowship. Over the years, he has developed into a compelling and versatile artist, with works in the film, comic book, publishing, and video game industry for clients like Naughty Dog, Lucasfilm, DC Comics, and Magic the Gathering. He currently lives and works out of his studio in Los Angeles, California.

Irvin was the 2011 L. Ron Hubbard Golden Brush Award winner. He has been an Illustrators of the Future judge since 2023.

“I’m eternally grateful to the Contest and to L. Ron Hubbard and everything that this Contest stands for. It’s definitely promoting science fiction writing and illustration fighting the good fight and keeping it alive and starting a lot of careers.” —Irvin Rodriguez

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