Aaron De La Cruz x Sam Rodriguez

I finally did a mural collaboration with my long time friend and now family member Aaron De La Cruz. We often see one another through non-art related friends and family gatherings and have always kept a project collaboration on the back burner. Years later, we finally had the chance to set some time aside to put something special together and it was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about letting go of my process habits through the give and take that is required to form a well balanced collaborative project. More importantly, the community of all ages in San Francisco's Excelsior district where Aaron and his family lives, showed so much love to us during the process. It was a positive and motivating couple of days. Big thanks Aaron De La Cruz & family who despite being sick still came out to work. Hope to do many more.

Mural Location: Mission St. & Onondaga Ave. in San Francisco, California

Process photos by Kenneth Berling-Orozco
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Empire 7 Studios x Art Party SJ

Last week I participated in a group exhibit put on by Empire 7 Studios, and Athen B. Gallery. Empire 7 is a gallery and mural organization based out of my home city of San Jose, California. They exhibited 10000 square feet with local and international pieces as a portion of 'Anne & Marks's Art Party', the largest annual art fair in San Jose. I showed some of my recent works, and painted a mini wall installation. What you see in these photos is only one-fourth of the entire event. It was an amazing staycation, showing work at home and connecting with my community. 

New Works - Peace in Arabic

Just completed these two pieces for my 'Summer of 16' Series. They reference the arabic text for peace. Left image: 'In Common' acrylic painting on wood panel. These pieces were inspired by the negative coverage of Arab speaking people in the media during the this Summer. I thought it would be good to observe some of their positive traits instead.

Right image: 'In Other Words' acrylic painting on canvas.

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Type Faces Kickstarter


I just created a Kickstarter project!

I want to create 5 interactive pieces that would allow any of you out there to collaborate with me on my work by enabling the manipulation of some of the shapes, typography, and other visuals in my pieces. Please share and visit the link. Thank you!


About The Project

I created Type Faces as a way to combine typography and portraiture to discuss mixed identity. I want to develop this project to democratize my work and explore today's social, and cultural hybridity. 

With the help of viewers on social media and in person, I want to create an interactive series of 5 portraits that will allow them to collaborate with me by having the option to alter each one through movable shapes, typography, skin tones and other visual cues. This would be a public or gallery installation.

Each physical installation would be a 6 foot mixed media portrait painted on wood panels. The movable parts would be fabricated with wood materials similar to what you might find at interactive spaces for children. 

I would also like to create a digital book and set of post cards that document the portrait alterations by participants that I could then give them to keep and share.


Rep The Bay

The NBA finals are over and the Cavs have taken the prize. Congrats to them and what a great year it was to witness record breaking Warriors Basketball here in the Bay Area. Here are a couple illustrations I did with Under Armour Basketball in celebration. 

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Visionary MVP | Steph Curry

Here is a timelapse video of me drawing MVP champ, Steph Curry. This is also one of the newly released T-Shirts by Under Armour basketball in celebration of his award. The design is part of Under Armour's Steph Curry MVP Pack. You can purchase the tee and other related goods at their website: https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/men...

Calaka x Sam Rodriguez (New Indigenous)

Calaka is an indigenous brand based out of San José, California. I designed a capsule based on talks we had on the intersection of time periods, and mixtures in regards to native american identity. Many of us with Mexican descent, are mixed with native roots, some more than others. We use various labels to try and identify or make sense of who we are. Some labels we use include, Indigenous, Mestizo, Latino, First Nations, etc. Regardless of this, we carry pieces to a collective story of The People who lived in the Western Hemisphere prior to 1491 through the present. For this 'Type Face' concept I wanted the font design & eventual portrait to reflect some of these ideas.
Photo credit: Sam Rodriguez / Click images to enlarge.

Product Details
Adult & Youth Tees / Edition of 20 Prints / Signed & Certified / 13" x 13"