ABOUT

My name is Samuel Rodriguez, and I am from San Jose, California. I am a motivated, open minded artist with a wide range of work experiences. From product design to editorial and murals. Art has no boundaries, and because of this, it has allowed me the opportunity to collaborate with several clients such as Puma, Under Armour, Linkedin, Google, and Samsung. In addition to corporate, I have worked on public art projects, shown in museums, galleries, and illustrated for editorial publications. For a number of years I was self-taught through graffiti, until I later decided to expand my studies by pursuing a Bachelor in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. 

Through years of studio practice and work experience, I have learned about my strengths and weakness' as an artist. This has focused my process into a consistent reliable medium with an efficient work flow and wiggle room for new creative possibilities. I am dedicated to becoming better at my craft, offering reliable input and execution toward every job, no matter the size. Practical working style with attention to detail, I have learned that 'outside the box' thinking only matters if it is followed up with solid strategy, a professional client support experience and communication skills. Still growing, I will continue to use each opportunity to learn and develop.





WORK EXPERIENCE


Freelance Illustrator / Sam Rodriguez Art / Jan 2013 – Present
Projects with a wide range, but a consistent style. From product design to editorial and murals. Art has no boundaries, and because of this, it has allowed me the opportunity to collaborate with several clients such as Puma, Under Armour, Linkedin, Google, and Samsung. In addition to corporate, I have worked on public art projects, shown in museums, galleries, and illustrated for editorial publications.  
My responsibilities include:
- Project Management: Logistics, Timeline, Communication with Key Stake Holders, and Execution
- Art Direction
- Illustration, Murals, and Design
- Planning of product launches and activations to maximize brand awareness through press/consumer
events.
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with organizations/companies as a global cultural
influencer and brand ambassador

Graphic Designer / Cukui / Nov 2008 – Present
Lifestyle brand from the Bay Area rooted in Island and Chicano culture.
-Assist with design direction for collections.
-Create sketch concepts and finalized print-ready artwork
-Created Branding Assets and Logos

Freelance Illustrator / PUMA Group / Sep 2016 – May 2017 
Collaborated with Puma, (sponsored by 1800 Tequila). I was asked to design my own Puma Clyde, from choosing materials, and colors, to doing a custom illustration for a classic shoe that I sported during my formative years as a teenage graffiti artist. 
- Art Direction
- Illustration
- Product Development

Freelance Illustrator / HYPEBEAST / Oct 2014 – May 2017
Created online editorial illustrations and collaborated in brand campaigns via art direction and personal brand usage.

Freelance Art Director / Samsung SDI / Oct 2016 - Dec 2016
Mural commission for Samsung headquarters in San Jose, California. 
- Art Direction
- Project Management
- Illustration, and Mural
- Typographical Design

Freelance Illustrator / Under Armour / Nov 2015 – Dec 2016
Worked on several apparel illustrations and font designs.
- Illustration, and Design
- Product Development
- Assistance in Art Direction

Freelance Art Director / Linkedin / Oct 2014 – Dec 2015
Worked on murals for Linkedin headquarters in New York and San Francisco.
- Art Direction
- Project Management
- Illustration, and Mural
- Typographical Design

Freelance Illustrator / Complex Media / Nov 2013 – Dec 2015
Created online editorial illustrations, and collaborated on brand campaigns.
- Illustration and Design
- Worked as Brand ambassador for different clients of Complex
- Media Campaign
- Art Direction

Freelance Writer / SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / Apr 2015 – May 2015
Wrote an article about balancing commercial and fine art.

Freelance Illustrator / Sparks / Mar 2015 – Apr 2015
Created an image for Google I/O booth.
- Art Direction
- Illustration, and Mural
- Typographical Design

Freelance Artist / Oakland Museum of California / Oct 2014 – Nov 201
Created an installation for OMCA's annual Day of the Dead Exhibition/Celebration.
- Art Direction
- Project Management
- Illustration, and Mural

Freelance Artist / L.A. County Metro Transportation Authority / Oct 2008 – Oct 2010
Created permanent public art project for Jefferson Light Rail station in Los Angeles, California.
- Art Direction
- Project Management
- Illustration, and Mural
- Oversaw fabrication of tiles for final installation.

Freelance Artist / San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs / Jun 2007 - Oct 2009
Completed two permanent public art projects.
- Art Direction
- Project Management
- Illustration, and Mural

Staff Illustrator / Fifth Sun / Dec 2006 – Sep 2008
Licensing company in the apparel industry with a fast-paced work environment. Each artist is given several licensing projects to design each week. 
- Illustrator and graphic designer

Art Director / Silicon Valley Debug / Oct 2000 – Sep 2003
S.V. Debug is a non-profit organization that provides a platform for unheard and underserved communities in the South Bay Area. 
I was responsible for:
- Art Direction
- Community Outreach
- Illustration
- Leading youth workshops


EDUCATION
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. BFA, Illustration


EXHIBITS  / PUBLIC ART

WALL THERAPY
2014 Participant in Wall therapy at Rochester NY one of the premier mural exhibits in the North Eastern U.S. region.

MOVIMIENTO DE ARTE Y CULTURA LATINO AMERICANA (MACLA) 
2014 Annual Bay Area Latino Group Show

OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
2013 Two commissioned murals for OMCA's annual Dia De Los Muertos exhibit

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART
2012-2013 Commissioned mural for the San José Museum of Art

MOVIMIENTO DE ARTE Y CULTURA LATINO AMERICANA (MACLA) 

2013 Annual Bay Area Latino Group Show

MOVIMIENTO DE ARTE Y CULTURA LATINO AMERICANA (MACLA) 
2013 Dual Exhibit with artist Tessie Barrera - Scharaga: 'Assembling the Pieces'

POW WOW HAWAII
2013 Group Exhibit and temporary artist community residence
First Amendment Gallery 2012 Group Exhibit

EMPIRE SEVEN STUDIOS
2013 Community Mural Project

FIRST AMENDMENT GALLERY (1AMSF)
2012 Group Exhibit

CUKUI STORE & GALLERY
2012 Solo Exhibit

KNOWN GALLERY
2012 Sesame Street Group Show

MOVIMIENTO DE ARTE Y CULTURA LATINO AMERICANA (MACLA) 
2012 Annual Bay Area Latino Group Show

POW WOW HAWAII
2012 Group Exhibit and temporary artist community residence

CUKUI STORE & GALLERY
2011 Solo Exhibit

ABOVE SECOND ART GALLERY
2011 Hong Kong, Dual Exhibit with Artist Aaron De La Cruz

1ST ACT SILICON VALLEY
2009 Public Art Project Created a mural for downtown San Jose’s SoFA district.

L.A. COUNTY METRO TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Los Angeles, CA 2009 Public Art Project, ‘Imagine’ Designed twenty panels that were permanently installed as Gateway Arches {8’-5”x3’-2”}, and Seating Modules {8’-5”x2’5.5”}, along the Metro Expo Line, located at Jefferson station is located between U.S.C. and South Central L.A.

DE ANZA COLLEGE EUPHRAT MUSEUM
2008 Exhibition, ‘Le Smoge’

CITY OF SAN JOSE
2008-2009 Public Art Project, I was awarded a contract to fabricate and design an installation located in the youth library section of Solari Community Center in the Seven Trees Neighborhood. The work uses bicycling as a platform to discuss the mixture of Vietnamese, Mexican, and African American cultures located in that neighborhood.

OAKLAND MUSEUM OF ART
Oakland, CA 2008 Exhibition, ‘Day of the Dead Bike’ Co-Created and designed an installation for the museum’s annual Day of the Dead Exhibit.

CITY OF SAN JOSE
2007 Public Art Project, ‘Raza Riders’ Fabricated, and designed a public library table in collaboration with artists Mel Chin, and Matthew Rodriguez.

GALLERY ANNO DOMINI, San Jose, CA
2007 Dual Exhibit with artist Matthew Rodriguez, ‘Lowrider Arcade’ Exhibited custom low rider bicycles, and paintings.

MOVIMIENTO DE ARTE Y CULTURA LATINO AMERICANA (MACLA)
2006 Installation entitled Can Control: Urban Transformers

RED INK STUDIOS
2003-2006 San Francisco, CA various group exhibits 


EXTENDED CLIENT LIST

Espolon Tequila
Boost Mobile
Miller Fortune (Miller Coors)
Levi's
Yahoo
Linked In
Complex Media
Highsnobiety
Hypebeast
Look/See
1xRun
The Bold Italic
1st Act Silicon Valley
Above Second Gallery
Wall Therapy
The Money Team (TMT Brand)
Los Angeles Metro Authority
City of San Jose
Oakland Museum of CA
San Jose Museum of Art
SV Debug
New American Media
Ben Davis
Hot Topic
Miami Ink
L.A. Ink
Youth Speaks
Cukui Clothing
Clout Magazine
SF Bike Expo
BCCP
Dopest Outsiders
Mun2
Fifth Sun
Metro Newspapers



COVERAGE

Complex Media
El Observador
Pow! Wow! Hawai'i
Booooooom
San Francisco Chronicle
Mtn-World
High Snobiety
Instagrafite
12 Oz. Prophet
Global Street Art
Afro Punk
Forbes
Contour Magazine
SF Art Enthusiast
Art Nerd San Francisco
Artistaday
Mun2 (MSNBC) 
Graffuturism
Web Episode: New America
ACCLAIM MAG (Australia)
Known Gallery Blog
Bike Art. (Book on Bicycles in Art)
BikeReviews.com
Silicon Valley Metro
Fansbikes.com
Hypebeast.com
Clout Online Magazine
PaperTrail OmniMedia
Above Second Gallery (Hong Kong)
San Jose Bike Blog
San Jose Mercury News
New American Media
The5thfloor (United Kingdom)
Format Mag
Cyclepedia Mag (Russia)
Star Fuckers News (Japan)